Poland honours Outstanding Poles in France

One of the special awards was presented to the historian, writer and journalist Piotr Witt, a political commentator working for Radio Free Europe from the 1980s until the station's closure. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Polish scientists, artists, politicians, doctors and social activists were honoured at the 6th edition of the Outstanding Poles in France competition, distinguishing Poles who stand out in their professions and promote Poland in France, at a gala in Paris on Tuesday.

The special award of the Polish ambassador to France, Tomasz Młynarski, was given to Prof. Claudine Kieda, a biochemist and research director at the prestigious Paris National Centre for Scientific Research.

Special awards were presented to Andrzej Pawlak, a doctor of medical sciences, who was also awarded an Honoris Causa diploma, as well as to historian, writer and journalist Piotr Witt, a political commentator working for Radio Free Europe from the 1980s until the station's closure.

This year's laureates were chemist Prof. Artur Ciesielski in the category of science, photographer Piotr Stokłosa, the culture category, and Jolanta and Michel Forkasiewicz (Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland), social activists who help Polish companies to establish themselves on the French market and French entrepreneurs to invest in Poland.

The Outstanding Pole Competition is an initiative of the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation, whose main aim is to create a positive image of Poles, to show their achievements and to highlight and promote those who have been successful at home and abroad.

The French edition of the competition takes place under the patronage of the Polish Ambassador to France.