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The Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic

15/06/2012

The Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic

Leading businesswoman, Esther Koplowitz, Marquise of Peñalver, has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur of the French Republic, which she received on behalf of all workers in FCC, the management team and their families.

The Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic

Businesswoman Esther Koplowitz, Marquise of Peñalver, has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur of the French Republic, which she received on behalf of all workers in FCC, the management team and their families.

The ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the residence of the French ambassador to Spain, Bruno Delaye. In his speech, the French diplomat highlighted the merits of Esther Koplowitz both in business and in society and stressed that she was the only Spanish woman to have sat on the boards of two French multinationals, Vivendi and Veolia. The ambassador also referred to the businesswoman’s successful background in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

In her speech, Esther Koplowitz thanked the President of the French Republic and the ambassador to Spain for the award and expressed her gratitude to the governments of both countries for the support they have traditionally given to French and Spanish companies to ensure their strategic and industrial alliances thrive.

Esther Koplowitz recounted her “love affair” with France, when she also recalled her parents - a relationship that was strengthened later through her collaboration with French companies, which allowed her to discover that France is not only great because of its history but also because of the preparation and personality of its outstanding entrepreneurs, who have built exemplary and competitive organisations across the world.

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