Paris, 28th March 2016. H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders of the House of Bourbon, privately bestowed the high honour of the Royal Order of Francis I with grade of Dame Grand Cross to H.E. the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK, PhD.
The Royal Order of Francis I was founded in 1829 by His Majesty King Francis I to reward civil merit to those who distinguished themselves in the arts and science and for special merits acquired by virtue of their unique commitment in the defence of human rights.
H.E. the President of the Republic of Mauritius, through her important role and for the work carried out as a Biodiversity scientist, has unveiled the nutritive values present in the plants of her island, a discovery that has led to innovations in the fields of medicine and nutrition.
This award event was attended by various Authorities.