Puducherry: French Ambassador to India Francois Richier paid homage at the statue of `Soldat Inconnu` (Unknown Soldier) at the French government maintained War Memorial on beach road here on the occasion of the observance of the 68th anniversary of end of the World War-II (1939-1945) on Wednesday.
French Consul General in Puducherry Pierre Fornier, Joint Secretary to Puducherry government S Sundaravadivelu (representing Lt Governor), French Consul Generals Eric Lavertu (Bangalore) and Fabrice Ethienne (Kolkata), Group Captain (French Air Force) Benedict Smith (Delhi) and the delegates of French nationals in French Parliament were among those who paid homage at the statue.
Office bearers of various associations of the retired French military and civil service personnel also placed wreaths at the statue.
A team of children from a French school presented a programme.
The band wing of Puducherry Police played the national songs of India and France adding to the luster of Indo French connection Puducherry had.
French Ambassador is in Puducherry since Monday last on a week long visit and participating in various functions. He would have an interaction with the French nationals in Karaikal on Thursday, official sources said.