Nelson Mandela International Day


Statement by Minister Fabius on Nelson Mandela’s birthday

Today the world celebrates Nelson Mandela Day, who turns 95 today.

I too wish to join this global, unified hommage for a man who returned South Africans their freedom and dignity.

France extends its message of friendship and happiness to Nelson Mandela.


The Mandela Day campaign message is simple : Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins this call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

Last modified on 18/07/2013

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