Demise of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore (23 March 2015)
Statement by the Mr François Hollande, President of the Republic of France
The President of the French Republic has learnt with great sadness of the demise of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, first Head of Government of Singapore. He honors the memory of this visionary statesman, who was able to guide the remarkable development of Singapore since its independence in 1965.
As Singapore and France mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations this year, France has lost a friend who had strived to draw our two nations closer and deepen our cooperation in all fields.
In these moments of mourning of the entire nation, the Head of State addresses his sincere condolences to the loved ones of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and to the people of Singapore.
It is with deep sadness that I learnt of the demise of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister and founding father of the Republic of Singapore. I address my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones as well as to the people of Singapore.
Exceptional statesman, Mr Lee Kuan Yew has shaped the history of his country since its independence in 1965. Strategist of economic and social development of his country, he has made Singapore one of the largest economic hubs in Asia.
As Singapore and France mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations this year, I honor the memory of a visionary leader and a friend of France.
His Excellency, Mr Benjamin Dubertret, Ambassador of France to Singapore, and all the staff of the Embassy of France, sends its deepest condolences to Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore and to all Singaporeans for the demise of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister and Minister Mentor of Singapore, this morning.
While Singapore and France marks the 50th anniversary this year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two nations, we honor the memory of this visionary statesman who was able to guide the remarkable development of Singapore since the founding of the Republic in 1965. Lee Kuan Yew has not ceased to work, throughout his life and his political career, for the accomplishment of a law-abiding state and an open global market economy. His efforts have transformed the lives of generations of Singaporeans and enabled Singapore to rise to the ranks of the most modern and developed countries in the world.
In these difficult moments of mourning of the entire nation, we join the countless voices around the world to express our deepest emotions on his demise and reiterate our most sincere condolences to the Prime Minister, to family members of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and to the people of Singapore.
A condolence book will be opened at the Embassy from Monday, 23 March to Friday, 27 March from 1230pm to 2pm for all persons who wish to express their condolences. Visitors will need to present their identity card at the entrance of the Embassy.