French filmmaker obtains citizenship for cultural contributions

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/11
By: Hung Chien-lun and Joseph Yeh, CNA staff reporter and writer

Jean-Robert Thomann

A French filmmaker who has documented Taiwanese culture over the past two decades has received approval of his naturalization request for his contributions to the promotion of local culture overseas.

Speaking to CNA during a recent interview in fluent Mandarin, Jean-Robert Thomann, who won the 2018 Taiwan-France Cultural Awards, thanked Taiwan's government for approving his application after receiving notification of the approval on Oct. 30.

The 48-year-old Thomann's first encounter with Taiwan was in March 1996 when he came here due to his love for movies, accompanied by his then Taiwanese girlfriend whom he met in France.

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