From the desk of the Consul General (March 2020) [fr]


Dear French and American friends,

Last month, from February 19 to 25, we welcomed to our region the French Ambassador to the United States Philippe Etienne. I was delighted to accompany him on his first official visit to North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. His visit was an important occasion to explore the diversity of the U.S. Southeast and to meet the political, economic, university and cultural leaders key to the relationship between France and the United States. To learn more about this visit, I encourage you to consult the article on our website

The election of Consular Counselors, locally elected officials representing French people abroad, will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020 (Editor’s Note: The election has been postponed. Please refer to the following article in French "Report des élections des conseillers des Français de l’étranger et des délégués" }}). Any French person wishing to participate in this election must be registered on the Consulate General’s electoral list before April 10, 2020. You can vote by ballot, by proxy or by internet. Our Consulate General is fully mobilized to welcome and inform voters.

Similarly, I invite those of you who have not already done so to add your information to the Register of French nationals living abroad. It’s a simple, free and useful formality which facilitates administrative procedures and allows you to vote in elections and benefit from communication created for the French community (e.g. security information, deadlines, consular tours, etc.). Finally, the register allows the French administration to have a better understanding of the size and needs of the French community. Indeed, it is this continuously-updated Register that enables the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to calibrate its consular network.

I am, of course, well-aware of the concerns regarding the COV-19 coronavirus. France’s diplomatic network in the United States – in collaboration with the American authorities – is closely monitoring the situation in this country, as are the authorities in France. In this regard, I encourage you to carefully follow the instructions of local authorities and to regularly consult our website and our Facebook and Twitter accounts, in order to stay informed.

Let me conclude by recognizing the American veterans of the Second World War who were decorated during Legion of Honor ceremonies that took place since mid-January: Mr. Paul C. Grassey (Savannah, GA); Mr. David D. Nelson (Cumming, GA); and Mr. Beecher F. Seegraves (Pleasant Hill, TN). In March, I will bestow the Legion of Honor upon Mr. Dennis O. Trudeau (Grovetown, GA); Mr. Joseph W. Hawkins (Marietta, GA); and Mr. Walter J. Brantley (Tucker, GA). On behalf of France, I thank them all for their dedication and their courage during a time which so profoundly marked History.


Vincent Hommeril
Consul General of France

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