The picturesque Normandy resort of Cabourg on the Atlantic coast is known for its beaches, buildings from the Belle Époque period when the English, Belgian, French, Swiss and Russian bourgeoisie gathered there, the romantic film festival where laureates receive the Golden Swan, as well as the Marseille monument. Proust, who placed the second part of his novel “In Search of Disappeared Time”, entitled “In the Shadow of a Girl in Flower”.
As of Sunday, it will be noted that in this small town on the English Channel, there is also a relief for the Serbian ruler Peter the First Karadjordjevic. He will be placed in the coming days in the central city avenue that bears his name.
This avenue, named after King Peter the First of Serbia, is among the directions that star-spanned from the Great Hotel on the coast in the central city center. In agreement with the municipality, a bronze plaque, the work of Serbian academic sculptor Ljubisa Mancic, was presented there on Sunday. The ceremony, which was attended by representatives of the city, the Serbian Embassy in Paris and Serbian associations from France, was held on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the king who led his Serbian army with France to the final victory in the Great War.
– I am honored that I had the honor to make a relief of King Peter, with the appropriate text. A significant part of my creative work is related to the Great War and the friendship between Serbs and French – the author of the memorial, sculptor Ljubisa Mancic, told “Novosti”.
The generous sun spread massive clouds on Sunday, which collide here forever in gray lumps over the blue sea and the ditch with its strong currents. Seagulls circle Monet’s impressionistic sky, lurking for prey. Their loud invocation reaches the solemn gathering.
About thirty representatives of the Serbian diaspora, who came from Paris for this occasion, gathered at the ceremony, with Petro Petrović Pepi, who represents the association of old warriors, and on whose idea this event was realized. There were also Serbian and French ensigns, the president of the Association of Serbs of France, Đuro Ćetković …
– We want the French-Serbian friendship to get all its splendor in Kabur. The courage of the Serbian people in the First World War was essential for the final victory. We wanted to witness this with this ceremony as well – said Tristan Dival, the mayor of Kabura.
Serbian Ambassador to France Natasa Maric also addressed the audience, emphasizing the importance of friendly relations between Serbia and France.
– Events like this, which nurture the culture of remembering history, are extremely important both for us and for the generations to come, because they strengthen the relations between our two peoples – the ambassador said.
Historian Alexi Trud also reminded those gathered in Nile Square, where King Peter the First Street begins, about the historical ties between Serbia and France through the figure of the King of Liberation, emphasizing that the king fought on the side of France as soon as he graduated from the famous Saint-Cyr military school. , thus forging strong ties between the two peoples.
There was, of course, talk about the modern age, and the mayor of Kabura, a city where there is a famous tennis tournament, revealed that he would like Novak Djokovic to visit this town one day.
– Novak is my favorite tennis player – revealed Tristan Dival, who organized a reception for guests after the ceremony in the municipal building.
PARADISE MEDAL OF THE CITY OF PARIS
A MEMORIAL plaque to King Peter is cast in bronze and measures 30 by 70 centimeters. The relief of King Peter, the work of Ljubiša Mančić, was placed in 2012 in the Avenue named after the Serbian king in Paris. Mančić’s works are also in the Museum of the First World War in the French city of Mo, with a statuette of the heroine Milunka Savić, King Peter, Regent Alexander and Duke Putnik, Stepanović, Mišić and Bojović. For his work and contribution to maintaining friendly ties between the two peoples, Ljubiša Mančić was awarded the Medal of the City of Paris.
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