From the desk of the Consul General - March 2017 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
During the month of February, a business trip to Raleigh enabled us to strengthen ties with North Carolina in several domains: university and education, during a visit to Duke University with the Department of “Global Education”/ Department of Romance Languages and the Center of Excellence, economic with visits to the headquarters of Biomérieux, Lord Corp. and the Research Triangle, cultural and artistic with the visit of the magnificent NC Museum of Art and the exposition “France-Pavilion” in presence of Mayor Nancy McFarlane and in collaboration with the American Society of French of Compiègne. We also visited the location of the future voting poll that will be opened at the Ecole française, thanks to the availability of Géraldine Doray-Novak.
The most moving moment of this trip, however, was without a doubt the ceremony that was held at the State Capitol, honoring 3 WWII veterans with the Legion of Honor. The presence of Governor Roy Cooper only added to this ceremony, which reminded us of the depth of our ties between France and the United States. It was an honor for everyone to celebrate, along with the loved ones of these veterans, this moment of friendship.
All of these contacts that the consular team brought in a format « France »— with the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas, Business France, and of course, our Honorary Consul Marie-Claire Ribeill— enabled us to cultivate our relationships and build lasting cooperation. They will be followed up on with another trip to North Carolina in March, this time in Charlotte.
I would like to take a moment to thank the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the largest festival of its kind, for its rich programming in French films. I had the pleasure of presenting one of them, “The Jews” by Yvan Attal, at a screening at the Woodruff Center. Mark your calendars for next year!
We must remember still and always : France and Germany are at the center of the European construction. The first bilateral partners, our two countries have carried for more than 50 years, along with their European friends, the values of reconciliation and solidarity on which our continent is founded. That is why each year we celebrate the Elysée Treaty, founding act of an alliance necessary more than ever. I am very happy to have participated, with my colleague Detlev Ruenger, in the debate animated by Rickey Bevington on the elections that Paris and Berlin are waiting for (as well as other European states!) in 2017 and in the oh so symbolic setting of our shared space at the Alliance Française/Goethe Zentrum of Atlanta. I will have the opportunity to return to the topic of the elections to remind our French and binational citizens of the voting measures anticipated in the Southeast United States.
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France in Atlanta