HAVANA, CUBA.- French senators, members of Parliament, diplomats, intellectuals, artists and solidarity groups paid tribute to Cuba’s National Hero Jose Marti on the occasion of his 157th birthday.
Participants in the heartfelt ceremony celebrated in one of the rooms of the Luxembourg Palace, venue of the French Senate, highlighted the bonds between Marti and Victor Hugo, the author of Les Miserables.
Likewise, they also recalled the visit to Paris of a Cuban delegation to greet and thank then Senator Hugo for his support for the Cuban independence.
The event served as a framework to screen the documentary ‘Victor Hugo: Light and Reflection,’ which deals with the restoration process of the Havana house that was turned into the Victor Hugo Maison in the Cuban capital, a Prensa Latina report states.
It was also an opportunity to go back to a book by writer and journalist Maxime Vivas, who recalled how tangible the bonds between Cuba and the author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame are.
Based on a presumed conversation between Jose Marti and Victor Hugo, Vivas as well as Senator Bernard Piras, President of the France-Caribbean Senate Friendship Group; Professor Paul Estrade; and the Cuban ambassador to the French capital, Orlando Requeijo, tackled this relationship from different approaches.