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HENRY CUNY: "ARMENIAN-FRENCH CULTURAL TIES COME FROM ANCIENT DAYS"

Noyan Tapan News Agency Sept 29 2005

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 29, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. Within the framework of French Cultural Days in Armenia, an exhibition "Collection of French Literature" opened on September 28, at the National Library of Armenia. More than three hundreds of units of literature in French kept at the library archives are displayed in separate expositions.

Rafik Ghazarian, the Deputy Director of the National Library of Armenia mentioned that the library is provided with French literature every year. 2400 units of incunabular books of the 16-18th centuries are kept only in the library department of incunabular, rare and archive literature. The most ancient book is "Heavenly, Erthly, Infernal" published in France in 1580. There is a book with Jean Jacques Rousseau's signature and one book with signature of the Prince of Monaco at the library.

"The National Library of Armenia has always been famous for its rich collection but it was a surprise for me as well to see so many valuable and incunabular books here. This exhibition proves that the Armenian-French cultural ties come from ancient days, continue today as well and are aimed to develop," Henry Cuny, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia mentioned.

On the same day, an exhibition of French stamps, books and documents dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte opened at the Armenian Association of Cultural Ties and Cooperation with Foreign Countries.


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