Charleston hosts French delegation with historic ties [fr]
On March 1, Consul General Louis de Corail will be in Charleston, South Carolina to help welcome a French delegation from Flers de l’Orne who will be in the Holy City to further revitalize an historic relationship.
The seventy-year-old relationship was only recently uncovered thanks to former Charleston College history professor William McSweeney who discovered the post-war relationship between the cities during a family visit to France.
In 1948, Charleston was one of more than a dozen South Carolina cities that “adopted” a French town in need following the devastating aftermath of war. In addition to shipping several tons of supplies, the Mayor of Charleston paid a visit to Flers and arranged for a destroyer to make a goodwill visit to the French coast, where it hosted orphans from its adopted town. Flers subsequently named one of its squares after Charleston as a token of their eternal gratitude.
In 2014, McSweeney helped organize a visit to Flers composed of local authorities and representatives, including the future Mayor of Charleston John Tecklenburg.
From February 28-March 4, 2017, a reciprocal visit from a French delegation will be made to Charleston. Led by Deputy Mayor Yves Goasdoué, the delegation will meet with their American counterparts, discuss possible academic exchanges, attend trade meetings, and showcase local specialties at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival.
“Bilateral relationships are often most solid when they are built at a local level, and I am very pleased to see that new life has been breathed into this historic relationship between Flers de l’Orne and Charleston,” said Consul General Louis de Corail. “I look forward to welcoming Deputy Mayor Gaosdoué and lending my support to his team and the City of Charleston to help develop this sister-city relationship.”
The delegation will be welcomed by Mayor Tecklenburg, with the support of the French Heritage Society and the Alliance Francaise de Charleston.