The President of the Confederation took part on Saturday in the official celebrations of August 1 in the Olympic capital, in the park of Montbenon.
After the Grütli, the President of the Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga went to Lausanne for the evening of August 1st. Some 600 guests attended the official celebration at Montbenon Park.
Dressed in blue and gray, the President of the Confederation visited the site in the company of the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, the trustee of Lausanne Grégoire Junod and the State Councilor Rebecca Ruiz.
In her speech, Simonetta Sommaruga referred to her two other visits to the Olympic capital in 2020: she experienced her first public event as President of the Confederation during the opening of the Youth Olympic Games.
Returning in early April, the Bernese noted that she will never forget the visit to the intensive care unit at the CHUV in the middle of the Covid storm. “We worked miracles there. Its staff have shown an admirable sense of duty ”. And to pay tribute to “all these men and women who went to work despite the crisis”.
The Minister also took the opportunity to recall that “we need others, that Switzerland is part of Europe”. She also spoke of culture, “what unites us, what enriches our lives and encourages us to show solidarity, a value that has taken on its full meaning in recent months”. The President of Confederation was applauded like a rock star.
Previously, the syndic Grégoire Junod had mentioned to him the image that should be kept of this year, that of the courage of which Ms. Sommaruga gave the example by being the first head of state to go to the front line in Ukraine. A week ago. Courage is a better advisor than fear, Switzerland will need it, he concluded.
More than 500 people drawn and 80 guests were present in Montbenon. Covid requires, the public had to show a white paw and decline their identity to access the site. The audience was divided into two groups of 300 on two esplanades. The evening was hosted by artists from Lausanne. The official speeches were followed by a ball.