Wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia attends the event marking the 35th anniversary of the founding of Parsamian College in Nice, France

YEREVAN, JUNE 27, ARMENPRESS. On June 26, Anna Hakobyan, wife of the Armenian Prime Minister, was received at the Parsamian cultural complex in Nice on the sidelines of her visit to France. She was accompanied by Armenia’s High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Zareh Sinanyan, Anna Hakobyan’s office said.

The Prime Minister’s wife visited the college, got acquainted with the history of the school’s foundation, key events and traditions.

Parsamian College celebrates the 35th anniversary of its founding this year. 85 students are currently studying at the College. The school has retained the entire component of the Armenian language.

Anna Hakobyan had a meeting with college executives, community representatives and members of parliament. The exchange of views was followed by an event marking the 35th anniversary of the founding of the College.

The College management thanked Anna Hakobyan for accepting the invitation to participate in the event, stressing the importance of her visit both for the College and for the Armenian community of Nice.

In his remarks, MP Eric Ciotti said his close ties to the Armenian community go back decades. He expressed the hope that the Armenian-French ties will further intensify thanks to the current leadership of Armenia. “In 2018, we closely followed the events in Armenia. What the Armenian people did under the leadership of Mr. Pashinyan was a major step towards democracy,” he said.

In turn, Anna Hakobyan said that the Armenian community in France, with its rich history and heritage, its great reputation within French society, is one of the most important communities in the diaspora.

“When I received the invitation on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the founding of Parsamien College, I could not reject it because any subject related to education is familiar and close to me. Parsamian College is truly unique: being a French public school, it retains all the component of Armenian education while teaching, from the Armenian language to Armenian culture, song, dance and drama,” said Anna Hakobyan.

She highlighted the fact that the first congress of Armenian schools in the Diaspora was held at Parsamian College.

“Let us once again express our gratitude to the founding philanthropists of the school – Thoros, Lucy and Suzanne Parsamian. May there be many such important jubilees in the Armenian community of the French Riviera, may Armenian topics always remain on the agenda and be discussed in the native language,” said Anna Hakobyan, expressing hope that their next meeting will take place in Yerevan.