Commendations sent to Farid GABTENI for his work

فريد  قبطاني
Farid Gabteni

Extracts :



 “… The ninth edition which completes your book “The Sun Rises in the West” (…) reflects your deep interest in the noble Quran, Islam and spreading the values of peace among all peoples in their national, ethnic, social and cultural diversities. We wish you continuous success and achievement…” (Translation)

Salah Ibn Ghanim, Minister of Culture and Sports (State of Qatar)
Doha (State of Qatar), 13 December 2018

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“… I appreciate the thorough research that you have done for this book which I hope may further enhance the understanding of Islam as a religion of peace …”

Dr. Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in France
Paris (France), 13 December 2018

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“… I am pleased to express you my thanks and my gratitude for offering me “The Sun Rises in the West” edition in the Arabic and French versions, and I also highly appreciate your scientific effort; wishing you even more achievements and gifts …” (Translation)

Pr. Hédi Bel Hadj Salah, President of Monastir University (Tunisia)
Monastir (Tunisia), 7 November 2018

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“… This work is full of new information and scientific facts, and gives a new modern reading of the eternal message of Islam. Expressing you once again my thanks and my gratitude, I encourage you to pursue the study and research in that direction, in order to enlighten people and introduce them to the noble humanist goals of Islam…” (Translation)

Chakib Benmoussa, Ambassador of His Majesty in France (Kingdom of Morocco)
Paris (France), 24 October 2018

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“… I deeply appreciate your willingness to support the fight against fanaticism and extremism through your work …”

Jamie D. McCourt, United States Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco
Paris (France), 24 October 2018

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“…This book comes at the right time, in a time when the tendency is to conflate things, especially given that some weak or ill-intentioned minds confuse Islam with extremism. Thanks to its seriousness and the outstanding amount of work that has been done, this work will contribute to enlightening consciences and re-establishing the prestige of Islam…” (Translation)

Mohamed Soulaimana, Ambassador of the Union of the Comoros to France
Paris (France), 22 October 2018

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“… your valuable work aims to entrench the vision of the true Islamic tolerance and fights against the causes of ignorance and underdevelopment in the Islamic society, and against their resulting phenomena which perpetuate the misunderstanding of Islam in both Arabic and Muslim countries and the rest of the world, underestimating as a consequence its universal humanist thought addressed to all mankind…” (Translation)

Sami Mohammed al-Sulayman, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait in Paris
Paris (France), 16 October 2018

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“… I wish to congratulate you for your research efforts worthy of respect, which aim to bring to light the uniqueness of the Quranic text, its subjugating dimension, its consistency and harmony, thanks to a strong scientific approach. I wish you full success, in order to present more works contributing to the service of our true religion …” (Translation)

Ihab Badaoui, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Paris
Paris (France), 15 October 2018

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“… and I have no doubt that this work will enrich the Arabic, Islamic and even international library, and all that thanks to its rich content of information and analysis; the reader may find out about the bright face of our true religion, our rich culture and our particular civilization…” (Translation)

Ambassador Hassi Ibrahim, Director of the Algerian Cultural Centre in Paris
Paris (France), 10 October 2018

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“… A veritable treatise against obscurantism, your book clearly and rigorously reveals a profoundly generous and humanist Islam, capable of agreeing with the most essential foundations of our Republic. It is this Islam, not monopolized or perverted by extremism and practised by a majority of Muslims in France, on which we must rely. Thus, your work contributes to the possibility of fruitful dialogue among religions and, beyond that, to a renewed way of living together…”

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
Paris (France), 11 October 2017

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“Dear Professor,
This week I received your package containing your recent book entitled “Le soleil se lève à l’Occident” as well as its English version (The Sun Rises in the West). I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you for the achievement of this statistical and digital study of the Koranic text, which has become a reference for the entire world. I also want to express my warmest congratulations for the quality and the depth of this work, which undoubtedly represents a breakthrough in this area and which will most certainly consolidate a synthesis of Islam. It is for this reason that I have quoted extracts from your work in my article entitled “About the Scientific Aspects in the Koran”.”

Pr. Kamel Ben Salem, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis
El Manar II, Tunis (Tunisia), June 21st 2017

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“… Your dedication to send a positive message to the world is greatly appreciated… “

Helga Bandion, leader of the questions of general politics, protocol of the federal Chancellery of Austria
Vienna (Austria), June 19th 2017

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“Through a focused and decisive examination of the Readings of The Koran, your work contributes to the deconstruction of certain prejudices against Islam and provides an irrefutable argument against obscurantism. Initiatives such as the publication of your book, which help to cool discussions during times of tension, prevent dangerous shortcuts and combat apologies for hate.”

Eric Falt, Deputy Director-General of external relations and public information
UNESCO, Paris (France), June 15th 2017

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“… Your book addresses the issue of cultural diversity of humanity through the scope of faith and science and provides a useful insight and a better understanding of religions. We share the same values of respect for different cultures and religions and towards people from diverse backgrounds ; values which are essential in modern society nowadays. Many congratulations on your new book and best wishes for every success in the future …”

Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus
Nicosia (Cyprus), June 6th 2017

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“Dear friend… Her Majesty asks me, on her behalf, to pass on you her thanks and to send you her cordial greetings, what I’m doing with greater pleasure.”

Emilio Tomé de La Vega, Head of the Planning and Coordination Office, For His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain
Palace of La Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), June 5th 2017

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Mister and Mrs. Emmanuel MACRON

We thank you sincerely for the sending of your books which we were particularly appreciative of, B.Macron. (Manuscript)

Paris (France), May 31st 2017

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“… This book speaks to all faiths, opinions, and philosophical approaches. In fact, the issue addressed by your study encourages reflection and meditation. Everyone, whatever their faith, will gain by following your approach to enable an understanding and mutual respect for the cultural diversity of humanity. As a head of a university institution, who is also from a Muslim country, I can only congratulate you for the work you have done and encourage you to persevere in this direction. As a university professor, I find your approach to be rational – in a word: scientific.”

Pr. Ahmed Bouras, Rector of Larbi Ben M’Hidi University
Oum El Bouaghi (Algeria), July 25th 2016

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“… I wish to express to you my congratulations for this work which will, without doubt, contribute to spreading the great Universal values of Islam”

Idriss Mansouri, President of the University of Hassan II Casablanca
Casablanca (Morocco), June 7th 2016

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“I congratulate you on the publication of your book entitled “The Sun Rises in the West” and I thank you for your gift, especially for your account and logical analysis of the problems of our current societies. In your book, you have defended universal and human values with a scientific and logical method, and with meticulous and remarkable research. Yours sincerely and with deepest respect”

Mahjoub Aouni, President of Monastir University
Monastir (Tunisia), May 18th 2016

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“This new publication, which expands your intellectual output, provides a useful perspective on Islam and on the message of peace, love and tolerance that it conveys. I warmly congratulate you for the quality of the book and salute your engagement in the quest for knowledge – the source of social, economic and cultural progress.”

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Faso
Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), May 11th 2016

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“I thank you for your kindness in offering me your erudite book, “The Sun Rises in the West”, which aims to promote the original message of Islam in a perspective which re-establishes the link between faith and science. As well as congratulating you for the quality of your expository effort, I encourage you to pursue your research in a spirit which highlights the extent of the wisdom of the Koran. Yours sincerely, with brotherly salutations.”

Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Algiers (Algeria), May 11th 2016

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”I received with great consideration and profound gratitude a copy of the new edition of your work entitled, “The Sun Rises in the West”. It is my pleasure to express my deep appreciation and sincere thanks for this kind attention. I acknowledge your great efforts in conveying the true image of Islam to international public opinion. I wish you good fortune and success in future precious contributions. Yours with deepest respect.”

Pr. Tahar Hadjar, Minister of Higher Education and of Scientific Research of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Algiers (Algeria), May 10th 2016

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“… This remarkable work, spread over three tomes, is documented, rich, and well aligned with your convictions (…) This publication will contribute to the enrichment of the institution’s stock of reference books available to researchers  …”

Driss Khrouz, Director of the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco
Rabat (Morocco), May 10th 2016

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“… I wish to express to you the high regard in which I hold all those who, like you, contribute to a deeper and truer understanding of religions. Your book is part of a battle against obscurantism and its derivatives. I hope that it reaches the audience it deserves and that it finds great success.”

Jack Lang, President of the Arab World Institute
Paris (France), May 3rd 2016

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“… Your work will be an inexhaustible source for all questing scholars, not only for its answers on an eschatological level, but also, more simply, for its pacifist and placatory dimension, in that it enables, thanks to the discovery and knowledge of the Other, the dissipation of prejudices and fears for harmony between peoples.”

Bassirou Sène, Senegalese Ambassador in France
Paris (France), April 29th 2016

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“… Infringements of cultural diversity and religious liberty are violations of inalienable human rights, while also threatening the very foundations of our societies – their social make-up, their cohesion. I also wish to sincerely congratulate you for your commitment, synonymous with an authentic, rigorous and scientific plea in favour of the promotion and defence of the universal values which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mission, and which defend a vision of humanity which welcomes cultures and religions in their plurality and their cultural wealth – a humanity where mutual respect and harmonious coexistence are a daily quest …”

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO
Paris (France), April 28th 2016

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“… “The Sun Rises in the West: Science for the Hour”, has become a global reference. At the confluence of the linguistic and the numerical, you have drawn from the infinite fountain of the Koran to demonstrate, with clarity, the simultaneously eternal and infallible nature of the Word of God. Beyond divisions and dogmas, in a laudable show of intellectual generosity, you have extended the scope of your research to the Sacred Books of monotheism, to arrive at results which contribute to the consolidation of an Islam of amalgamation (…). Please accept my heartfelt congratulations for the quality and depth of this work. Yours sincerely.”

Abdoul Mbaye, Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal
Dakar (Senegal), May 15th 2012

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“… I wish to congratulate you for the courage, the method, and some of your conclusions. This is definitely an effort to follow, and you shed sometimes unexpected light on the Koranic text …”

Abdelwahab Bouhdiba, President of the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts “Beit Al-Hikma”
Carthage (Tunisia), September 12th 2000

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“… Your work unites science and mathematical rigour with the discovery of religious faith. You thereby provide an additional insight to the understanding of the Koran and multiply the mathematical and physical proofs of its modernity and coherence …”

Hassen M. Fodha, Director of the United Nations Information Centres
Paris (France), August 18th 2000

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“… We thank you for your profound interests and your blessed progression … in your book “The Sun Rises in the West – Science for the Hour” … we pray that God allows you more investment and gifts and that He helps you to support His Religion and to elevate His Word …”

Sheikh Ahmad ben Hamad Al Khalili, General Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman
Sultanate of Oman, August 8th 2000

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” … I wish to give a big thank you … for your efforts to spread science and knowledge …” 

Ammar Sakhri, Minister of Higher Education and of Scientific Research of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Algiers (Algeria), June 11th 2000

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“… All those who are interested in Koranic studies are indebted to this work, and should look upon it as a new opening, and the same goes for all those who work in metaphysics …”

 Dr. Abdel-Hadi Tazi, Member of the Royal Academy of Morocco
Rabat (Morocco), June 6th 2000

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”… One can only bow before the quality of your work and the long list of encouragements and congratulations that you have received from erudite figures. The mystery of faith, like the mystery of numbers, is certainly of divine origin; scientifically searching for a common denominator surely demonstrates a superior spirit …”

Raymond Biancheri, Adviser to the Cabinet of H.S.H. The Prince of Monaco
Monaco (Principality of Monaco), May 31st 2000

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“… It is certainly a unique event in its genre; an unprecedented effort and one to be thankful for. May God bless you for the call to Uniqueness and for spreading the celestial message with a new style and distinguished persuasion. I pray to God that your work achieves its aim and that He will gratify you with the best reward …”

Dr. Saleh Awadh Omar Aram, Rector of Ajman University of Science and Technology
Ajman (United Arab Emirates), May 14th 2000

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“… I thank you many times over for the blessed effort that you have made in your valuable work which encourages reflection and meditation …” 

Dr. Larbi Kechat, Rector of Adda’wa Mosque
Paris (France), May 3rd 2000

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”… We thank you for this scientific contribution, which affirms once again the miracle of our Generous Koran …”

Moulay Rachid, Prince of Morocco
Rabat (Morocco), March 27th 2000

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“… We wish to thank you for the presentation to Our Majesty of this intellectual work, which demonstrates an effort, a reflection, and the height of Faith and of Truths of the Invisible provided by the Celestial Books expressed by the Generous Koran which dominates them all. God rewards you for your work and may He Accompany you in even more gifts to the service of Conviction. Please accept our salutations and best prayers …”

Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
Rabat (Morocco), March 15th 2000

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”… In asking the Almighty to accompany you in your search for the truth, His Holiness implores divine Benedictions upon you and on all your loved ones … ”

Monsignor P. Lopez Quintana, Vatican Secretary of State
The Vatican, September 11th 1999

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”… The Secretary General has a great interest for all cultures and religions represented within the United Nations organisation (…) It is with much interest that we have discovered the works set out in your writings. We encourage you in the pursuit of your research … ”

Gillian Martin Sorensen, United Nations Assistant-Secretary General for External Relations
New York (United States), August 4th 1999

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”… One has only to start one paragraph to instantly have the desire to continue (…) Your work reveals unknown worlds and enables the discovery of truths hidden within words and letters. The language of numbers has spoken and has proven to be extremely revelatory (…) Your work greatly deserves to be known to a large audience … ”

Moïse Cohen, President of the Israelite Consistory of Paris
Paris (France), July 29th 1999

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”… Here is a work which will certainly stand the test of time, such will be its indelible imprint which will revolutionise the perspectives of the scientific community on ancient religious texts and in particular on the Koran, Book of Islam (…) Your works published in this book are the first on this numerical phenomenon in the Koran to be so exhaustive and to lift the veil on the subject. They are also the first which one can qualify as scientific … ”

Jean Dubreucq, President of the International Centre for Scientific Research (C.I.R.S.)
Paris (France), July 18th 1999

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”… This work, a strong testimony and of a rare quality, is of great religious significance on the perfection of the Koran. I wish to give a warm tribute to the talented researcher, the rigorous and inspired exegete that you are. Your approach is an essential contribution for a better understanding of the sacred, irreducible and timeless character of the Holy Koran … ”

Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal (1981-2000)
Dakar (Senegal), April 23rd 1998


We should also mention the commendations and encouragements from :


Pr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences. University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts – USA

Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne,  President of Stanford University. Office of the President, Palo Alto, California – US.

Professor Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University. Amy Fantasia, Director of Presidential Correspondence, Cambridge, Massachusetts – US.

Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Director Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, Massachusetts – US.

Pr. Yahia Boughaleb, President of Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida – Kingdom of Morocco.

P. Germanos Germanos, O.A.M, Rector of Antonine University, Baadba – Lebanon.

Dr. Ali Kettani, President of Universidad Islamica Internacional Averroes de Al-Andalus, Cordoba – Spain.

H.E. Pr., Dr. Nassir El-Din El-Assad, President of the Royal Academy for Islamic Civilization Research, Amman – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Pr., Dr. Ali Abdullah Al-Shamlan, General Director of the Kuwait Foundation For The Advancement of Sciences, Safat – State of Kuwait.
22/12/1999 – 17/04/2000

Pr. Abdullah ben Mohammad Al-Faisal, President of King Saud University, Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Pr. Yahya Mahmoud ben Junaid, Secretary General of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Pr., Dr. Faiza Mohammed Al-Kharafi, Rector of Kuwait University, Safat – State of Kuwait.

Dr. Saleh ben Abdurrahman Al-Athel, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Engineer Moneef R. Al-Zou’bi, General Director of the Islamic Academy of Sciences, Amman – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Dr. Abdul-Aziz ben Abdullah Ad-Dukhayyil, Rector of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Abdullah ben Ahmad Al-Rasheed, Vice-President for the Promotion of Scientific Research of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Pr., Dr. Mohammad Adnan Al-Bakhit, President of Al al-Bayt University, Amman – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Dr. Abdullah Mubarak Al-Refai, President of Arabian Gulf University, Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain.

Dr. Zohair Ezzuddin-Maimoon, NDH, PhD (USA), Al Jamea Saïfiyah University, Surat – India.

Pr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, President of Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane – Kingdom of Morocco.


Another letters from :


Mrs. Maryvonne Mavroukakis, Librarian of the Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA

Mr. Filippos Ch. Tsimpoglou, Director General of the National Library of Greece

Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resources Development of the Republic of India

Mr Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education and Youth of the French Republic

For Mr. Franck Riester, Minister of Culture of the French Republic, Head of Cabinet, Mr Thomas Velter

For Mrs Brigitte Macron, Mr. Pierre-Olivier Costa, Special Advisor to the President of the French Republic and Director of the Cabinet of Mrs Brigitte Macron

Dr. Suheir Wastawi, Executive Director of the National Library of Qatar

Mr Richard Ovenden, Director of the Bodleian Library – University of Oxford, United Kingdom

For the Honorable Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria, Mrs Etukudo, R.A, the Federal Secretariat

Mr Mario Veron Guerra, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic in France

Mr. Mohammad Hazrat Ali Khan, Counselor and Head of the Chancellery of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in France

For Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, the Head of Cabinet, Mr. François-Xavier LAUCH

Mrs Jalila Bouhalfaya-Guelmami, Director of the Library of the Arab World Institute, Paris

For Mr Édouard Philippe, Prime Minister of the French Republic, the Head of Cabinet, Mrs. Anne CLERC

– Mrs Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal, Canada

– For Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Sh. Chandresh Sona, Deputy Secretary

– Mrs Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture of the French Republic

– For His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, Helena Garofalo, Secretary of His Majesty the King

– For Mr Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mrs E. de Jong, The Dutch Government Information Service

–Mr Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, Minister of the Interior and of the Public Security of the Republic of Senegal

– For Mr Adama Barrow, President of The Gambia, Mr Ebrima Ceesay, Secretary General

– Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European council

– For Mr Christian Kern, Austrian Federal Chancellor, Ms. Helga Bandion, leader of the questions of general politics, protocol of the federal Chancellery of Austria

– For Mrs Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany, The Councilor for Relations with Religious Communities, Dr. Rudolf Teuwsen

– For His Majesty Harald V, King of Norway, The Private Secretary to His Majesty The King, Mr Knut Brakstad

– For H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, The Secretary to the Prince, Ms Elisabeth Van Eck

– Mr Mohamed Hassad, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kingdom of Morocco

– For Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Correspondence Manager, Ms A. Ireton

– For His Majesty Philippe I, King of the Belgians, The Chief of Protocol in the household of His Majesty the King, The Air Force Colonel Alain Gerardy

– For His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain, Head of the Planning and Coordination Office, Mr Emilio Tomé de La Vega

– Mr Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to France

– Mr Gerard Collomb, Minister of the Interior of the French Republic

– Mr Bassirou Sène, Senegalese Ambassador in France

– Mr et Mrs Emmanuel Macron, Presidency of the French Republic

– For Mr Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, The Secretary, Mrs Helen Walsh

– For Her Majesty Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark, The Personal Assistant of Her Majesty the Queen, Mrs Ingelise Riedel

– Mr Chakib Benmoussa, Ambassador of His Majesty The King, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Paris

– For Mr Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Executive correspondence officer, A. Ibrahim

– For His Royal Highness Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Aide-de-Camp, Colonel Henri Chrisnach

– Mr Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium

– For Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Senior legal counsel, Mr Michael Shotter

– Mrs Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research of the French Republic

– Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation

– For Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic, The Chief of Staff, Mrs Isabelle Simar

– For Mr Philippe Couillard, Prime Minister of Quebec, Political Attachée, Mrs Jade Nadeau

– Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior of the French Republic

– For His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians, Deputy Head of Cabinet and diplomatic adviser of His Majesty the King, Mr Pierre Cartuyvels

– For Mr Rafic Hariri, President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon, Head of Mission, Mrs Christiane Stahl

– For His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, Her Highness’ Office, Mrs Hilton Holloway

– For H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco, The Private Secretariat, Mrs Mireille Viale

– For His Majesty Juan Carlos I King of Spain, The Secretary General, Mr Miguel Guitart

– For Mr Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, The Chief of Staff, Mrs Annie Lheritier

– His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

– Mr Faisal Alhegelan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Paris

– For His Holiness the Pope John Paul II, The Assessor Monsignor P. Lopez Quintana

– For Mr Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations, Mr Gillian Martin Sorensen

– For Mr Hosni Moubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, The President of the Central Administration for the Public Relations, Doctor Ibrahim Badr

– For Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the Special Adviser, Mr Hervé Cassan

– Mr Ali Maher El-Sayed, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Paris


– Mr Mongi Bousnina, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia in Paris

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