Greenwich celebrates Bastille Day, new Cos Cob restaurant makes an impact and more

A crowd of 50 happy revelers gathered Thursday at City Hall for the annual Bastille Day celebration and celebration of France.

The French flag was raised at the ceremony, followed by a morning reception at Bistro V on Greenwich Street and dinner at L’Escale on Steamboat Road. This multi-part event is organized by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich.

Bastille Day is a day when we celebrate French values. Jeremy Robert, the French general counsel based in New York City, said at the flag-raising ceremony. They are freedom, equality and brotherhood. These values ​​are shared by our American allies. We have founded our countries on the idea of ​​freedom and democracy and these values ​​must be defended every day because in the world today there are many challenges.”

“It’s great to see so many members of the French-speaking community and friends of France gathered here,” said Robert, looking at the crowd.


First Selectman Fred Camillo read an advertisement for Bastille Day and paid tribute to the French-American Greenwich community. He also talked about the relationship between France and the United States, which dates back to the era of the American Revolution.

“It has stood the test of time,” Camilo said. “We have stood together in two world wars and are symbolized by the immortal words of an American soldier in World War I when he said, ‘Here we are Lafayette.

The French flag was raised by 18-month-old Nika Bleach of Greenwich, with the help of her grandfather, Antoine Bleach, owner of Le Penguin, as well as her parents, Adrien and Kate Bleach.

To conclude the event, Large Town Ambassador Pia Crompin led everyone in singing “La Marseillaise”, followed by Robert Gina, a townspeople, who led the audience in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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