From the desk of the Consul General: February 2019 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
This consulate and the entire ensemble of French diplomatic and consular posts around the world attach an extreme importance to Franco-German friendship.
Following reconciliation cooperation was established which is today exceptional between our two countries and is one of the foundations — if not the most important foundation — of our foreign policy over the last 60 years.
The European Union, an unparalleled undertaking in the history of modern nations, particularly among nations previously engaged in multiple wars, is described nowhere better than by Robert Schuman who stated in 1950: "The coming together of the nations of Europe requires the elimination of the age-old opposition of France and Germany."
That is why commemoration of the January 1963 treaty of friendship, known as the "Elysée Treaty," is always a moving moment for the French and German consuls. This year German Consul General in Atlanta Heike Fuller and myself marked this moment in the shared Alliance Française and Goethe Zentrum center. What better symbol exists than this shared space in the United States!
This year it was particularly appropriate for us to celebrate at the center. The reception that we held came after a "renewing of vows" between France and Germany with the new Aix-la-Chapelle treaty signed by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel. Among the treaty’s list of priority projects were five "shared spaces between French and German institutions across the world" one of which is the center right here in Atlanta! We’re proud of the recognition and through our cultural services we will continue to support our friends and partners at the Alliance Française-Goethe Zentrum space, which is located in the Colony Square building in Midtown.
Another event this month that reminded me of the Franco-German link was a trip I took to the southern extreme of my jurisdiction in Mobile, Ala., where I had the pleasure of attending the inauguration of a new A220 aircraft division at Airbus’ manufacturing facility. Airbus President Tom Enders and his French successor Guillaume Faury celebrated the success of the facility alongside Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, local and national representatives and Airbus management. The facility is only one of five in the world, the others being located in Toulouse, Hamburg, Seville and Tianjin. Airbus’ facility is a success story for Alabama and the United States: Not only is it growing healthily jus four years after opening, but several thousand direct and indirect jobs have been created and filled by residents and suppliers in the Southeast United States.
May the month of January remind the French in the Southeast United States every year of the visionary character of policy desired by Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle. Over the decades this has been reinforced by the government leaders who followed in their footsteps on both sides of the Rhine.
Es lebe die Deutsch-Französiche Freundschaft ! vive l’amitié franco-allemande !
See you soon,
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France