French hon­our for Chee-a-tow

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A BAR­BA­DIAN has been awarded one of France’s high­est hon­ours.

The ti­tle of Knight in the French Na­tional Or­der of Merit has been be­stowed on Cap­tain Don Chee-a-tow, who has served as honorary con­sul for France in Bar­ba­dos for the last seven years.

Am­bas­sador Philippe Ar­danaz, of the St Lu­cia­based Em­bassy of France to Bar­ba­dos and the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Eastern Caribbean States, pre­sented the in­signia of “Che­va­lier de l’or­dre Na­tional du Mérite” to Chee-a-tow in a re­cent cer­e­mony, dur­ing a re­cep­tion mark­ing 59 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bar­ba­dos and France.

The cer­e­mony took place in the Walled Gar­den Theatre at the Bar­ba­dos Mu­seum.

Late French Pres­i­dent Charles de Gaulle cre­ated the award in 1963 to re­ward peo­ple who have given dis­tin­guished ser­vice to France. Its mem­ber­ship, which num­bers 185 000 world­wide, is al­ways awarded by the pres­i­dent of the French Repub­lic.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing cur­rent Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s de­ci­sion to be­stow the award on the Bar­ba­dian, Ar­danaz said: “Cap­tain

Don Chee-a-tow is the best rep­re­sen­ta­tive France could have cho­sen in Bar­ba­dos.” He praised him for his “dy­namism” and “com­mit­ment” to see­ing af­ter the wel­fare of French cit­i­zens, and for his con­tri­bu­tion to the en­hance­ment of re­la­tions be­tween France and Bar­ba­dos.

Chee-a-tow now joins a league of dis­tin­guished per­son­al­i­ties so hon­oured by France. They in­clude King Juan Car­los I of Spain, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Sene­gal Leopold Sedar Senghor, and fa­mous

French oceanog­ra­pher the late Jac­ques Cousteau.

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(Pic­ture by Krys­tal Hoyte.)

HONORARY FRENCH CON­SUL in Bar­ba­dos, Cap­tain Don Chee-a-tow (left), re­ceiv­ing the in­siginia of Che­va­lier de l’or­dre Na­tional du Merite from France’s Am­bas­sador Philippe Ar­danaz.

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