Arriving at the entrance of the Athens Acropolis with Greek first lady Betty Baziana on Thursday afternoon, French first lady Brigitte Trogneux voiced a message of support for the victims of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the French Caribbean island territories of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. She also expressed her great pleasure to be in Greece, accompanying French President Emmanuel Macron on a two-day visit.
“It is my first official visit to your country and that has its own significance. It is a great pleasure to be here and have such a reception,” she said, indicating the Greek prime minister’s wife.
The Greek first lady has planned a rich itinerary to entertain her French counterpart during the French president’s visit to Athens, which will include tours demonstrating aspects of both ancient and modern Greece.
The two first ladies began by visiting the Athens Acropolis, a world heritage monument that symbolises the dawn of western culture and sums up the spirit of ancient Greece and ancient Greek thought.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and the emblematic new building erected by architect Renzo Piano to house the Greek national opera and national library will serve as representative of the “modern face” of the country, which still converses with its ancient past and Attica’s landmarks, the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and the sea.
At the SNFCC, the two first ladies will explore aspects of modern Greek culture that are currently unfolding in the arts, letters and the sciences.