On the occasion of the birth of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Fondazione Mediterraneo announced the awarding of the "Mediterranean Institutions Award 2008 - the "Totem of Peace" by sculptor Mario Molinari - to President Nicolas Sarkozy. In the reasons of the Award you can read: “For his idea of a Euro-Mediterranean Union: a political action able to change radically the inter-Mediterranean relationships".

The Awarding Ceremony took place on June the 28th 2010 at the Fondazione Mediterraneo - Maison de la Paix. The French Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière, together with a delegation from the French Republic, came to Naples to retire the award.

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