Marseille, France. 28 August 2015. The Philippine Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, accompanied by Third Secretary and Vice Consul Andre Peter C. Estanislao, visited Marseille in the south of France to meet with key government officials and business leaders to promote Philippine national interests in the region as well as to explore potential Philippine partnerships and areas of cooperation especially in trade and investment. Ambassador Lazaro and Vice Consul Estanislao also met with the thriving Filipino community in Marseille. Marseille, approximately 780 kilometers south of Paris is home to majority of Filipinos in the south of France.

To discuss matters on economy, industry and areas for cooperation on economic diplomacy, Ambassador Lazaro met with the Mr Louis Aloccio, Vice President for International Cooperation of the Marseille Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Ambassador also met with Mr Laurent Nuñez the Prefect of Police of Marseille to ensure that the rights and welfare of Filipinos are protected and upheld. Meetings were also held with the Consul General of Indonesia to Marseille, Ms. Dewi Mayangsari Kusumaastuti and the Honorary Consul of Malaysia to Marseille, Mr. Jean Pierre de Bono, where best practices of these Consulates General and other topics of mutual interest were discussed.

marseille28august20153photoedit(Photo 1) Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro and Marseille Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President for International Relations Mr. Louis Aloccio exchange gifts.
Ambassador Lazaro received a commemorative coin with the official seal of the Chamber of Commerce 
(Photo 2) Ambassador Lazaro and Adjunct Mayor
for the Economy and Business Relations post in front of the grand staircase of the City Hall of Marseille. Behind are flags of France and Marseille 
(Photo 3) Ambassador Lazaro is received by Mr. Laurent Nuñez, Prefect of Police of Marseille. There are only two Prefects of Police in France,
one in Paris and the other recently established position in Marseille.

The Ambassador also briefed city officials led by Deputy Mayor on Economy and Industry, Mr. Didier Parakian, on the positive political and economic developments in the Philippines and explored potential avenues of cooperation between the Philippines and the City of Marseille.

The Ambassador then interviewed candidates to be potential Philippine Honorary Consul in Marseille and its environs.

Ambassador Lazaro also met with the Filipino community at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church where there was meaningful sharing of their experiences. Also discussed were ways on how the Philippine Embassy may better serve the Filipino Community.

Ambassador Lazaro addresses the Filipino community in Marseille and discusses the positive developments in the Philippines