Consul General and leadership team to visit Raleigh, NC
Consul General Denis Barbet will visit Raleigh, NC on February 2-5, accompanied by the new scientific, cultural, and press attachés, Anne Corval, Alexandre Durand, and Heather Clavé, and welcomed by Honorary Consul of France to Raleigh, Marie-Claire Ribeill.
During this visit, the Consul General will honor 7 American veterans of World War II from North Carolina with the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony that will be held at the State Capitol on February 3. Given as an expression of France’s deepest gratitude to those who liberated it from oppression from 1944-1945, the following veterans will be recognized with France’s highest honor: Harold L Eatman (Matthews, NC); Fernnie C Letchworth (Sharpsburg, NC); James D Seitzer (Chapel Hill, NC); Julien G Highsmith (Brasstown, NC) ; Charles Di Maria (Greensboro, NC); James M Hamby (Valdese, NC) and Donald R Judd (Burlington, NC). In addition, Ms. Candy Bernard will accept the medal on behalf of her late father, Leon Bernard (Greensboro, NC).
The French delegation will also visit North Carolina State University and Duke University, particularly the Center for Excellence, and the North Carolina Museum of Art in order to meet with professors and researchers interested by the possibility of establishing new projects of scientific and cultural cooperation with France. Also scheduled are meetings with the local press and a gala organized by Ecole, the French school in Raleigh, during which Denis Barbet and his team will have the opportunity to exchange with the local French community.
Finally, the Consul General will meet with executives from Schneider Electric and Biomérieux, followed by a meeting later in Charlotte, NC with Team Créatif, in order to learn more about the activities of these major French companies which have made a significant impact in their respective industries.
An estimated 4500 French nationals call North Carolina home, along with more than 60 French companies operating on more than 90 sites across the state. These companies belong to a diverse array of sectors such as biotechnology, aerospace, energy, telecommunications, or chemicals.