Published on : 02/06/2018
By : Arista Asmawati
A grove in memory of the French government minister Nicole Bricq was recently
dedicated in Adullam-France Park in the Judean Foothills.
Nicole Bricq, who was a member of the French Senate and served as minister of ecology,
energy and sustainable development and as minister of foreign trade, died in August 2017 at
the age of 70 after a fall down a flight of stairs.
“Planting a grove in her memory is the most appropriate way possible to memorialize this
woman who fought for the environment,” declared French Ambassador to Israel Hélène Le
Gal at the ceremony held in the park.
The Adullam-France Park
, which symbolizes the friendship between France and Israel,
extends over an area of some 50,000 dunam (approx. 12,500 acres) of magnificent scenery,
lively tourist sites and fascinating history. KKL France decided to adopt the park in 2009;
since then it has developed steadily and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Thanks to the support of Friends of KKL France
, KKL-JNF has developed a number of
projects in the park, including archeological sites, bicycle trails
and walking paths.
“Government Minister Bricq supported Israel and took action against anti-Semitism,” said
Laurent Azoulai, a friend of the family and the initiator of the forest in her memory. “The tree
that we plant today also symbolizes her activities on behalf of the environment.”
The grove in memory of the former government minister was donated personally by a number
of leading members of the French Socialist Party past and present and by prominent French
politicians, including President Emmanuel Macron and his predecessor François Hollande.
KKL-JNF Emissary to France Fino Edery explained to the guests why this particular spot had
been chosen as the site for the grove: “The park represents the friendship between Israel and
France, and the minister was a true friend of Israel,” he said. He told his listeners about the
vivid history of the area from Biblical times until the present, about its unique natural
characteristics and about the variety of flora and fauna with which it is populated.
Notable archeological sites in Adullam-France Park include the Atari Ruins (Hurvat Atari),
which are the remains of a Second Temple village; the ruins of the Byzantine community of
Burgin, which include a mosaic floor, cisterns, a mikveh, burial chambers and secret
underground passages; and Tel Adullam, believed to be the site of the Biblical city of the
same name.Read more, see photos of the dedication and the scenery of Adullam-France Park