Annex I: Message from the Prime Minister of France, Mr. Raymond Barre
I would like to welcome the participants of the fourth session of the World Heritage Committee. The French Government is honored that this meeting, which brings together the leading specialists in historical monuments and natural sites, is being held in 1980 in France. At the request of the President of the Republic, 1980 is in fact Heritage Year in our country. It is marked by numerous activities initiated by the State, local communities and associations for preserving and enhancing the illustrious and more humble legacies of our people's past. It is fortu- nate that Heritage Year offers the opportu- nity for this international event, held under the auspices of Unesco. I wish the Committee every success in its work, which will strengthen the will of all countries to join together in safeguarding the elements of the world heritage.