Cameroon’s First Lady Madam Chantal BIYA and nine other First Ladies from Africa had a friendly come together with the wife of the French President Madam Carla BRUNI-SARKOZY at the Elysée Palace on 13 July 2010.
The First Ladies travelled to France to accompany their husbands who were invited to take part in the celebrations of the French National Day on 14 July, which is coupled this year with the commemoration of the independence of some fourteen African countries that got their independence from France fifty years ago. The ladies who met with Madam Carla BRUNI-SAKOZY were: Madam Chantal BIYA of Cameroon, Chantal de SOUZA YAYI of Benin, Chantal CAMPAORE of Burkina Faso, Monique BOZIZE of Central African Republic, Antoinette SASSOU NGUESSO of Congo, Sylvia BONGO ONDIMBA of Gabon, Lobbo TRAORE TOURE of Mali, Tekber MINT MELAININE OULD AHMED of Mauritania, Fati Azouma DJIBO SALOU of Niger and Viviane WADE of Senegal.
For over one and a half hour, the women had friendly informal discussions on health issues and the situation of women in Africa. Madam Chantal BIYA was pleased with the topics under discussion as She has put in a lot of effort in humanitarian activities such as the work done at the Chantal BIYA Foundation and African Synergies. The French First Lady described the encounter as a “wonderfully friendly working session”.