From the desk of the Consul General - September 2017 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
Back to school is upon us – for French and American students alike. This time of year gives me the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the great work being done at schools across the region, including the Atlanta International School, Little Da Vinci International School, l’Ecole Française Bilingue and l’Ecole – French School of Raleigh. Good luck to everyone – teachers, parents and children!
To all French newcomers to the region, I wish you good luck settling in. The entire team here at the consulate is at your disposal. Whether you’ve just arrived from France or from another area of the United States, please do not forget to register with the consulate. This can be done online – there’s no need to visit us in person. For more information on how to register see atlanta.consulfrance.org.
As you may well know, 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I on April 6, 1917.
Among the many events taking place to mark the centennial was a commemoration in Montgomery, AL on August 27 and 28, which included bestowing the Legion of Honor upon author Nimrod Frazer, who wrote the book “Send The Alabamians / World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division.” Frazer, whose father fought in the division’s 167th U.S. Infantry Regiment, received the award at Maxwell Air Force Base in front of the governor, mayor and various civil and military dignitaries.
Thanks to the work of Frazer and WWI Centennial Commissioner Monique Seefried, several monuments bear witness to the bravery and courage of the Alabamans who fought in France. One of these, which was inaugurated over the two-day period, is a bronze sculpture by James Butler called “The Rainbow Division Soldier.” This sculpture now stands in front of the Montgomery Union Station where the 167th Regiment departed for France 100 years ago. Many of the soldiers who left never came home again.
On the business front, congratulations to Imerys. The world leader in industrial materials is strengthening its foothold in Georgia with a new research and innovation center in Roswell. The company’s products are in our everyday lives in a multitude of goods. Imerys’ growing presence in the U.S. Southeast is a sign of the region’s attractiveness to French investors.
In my next newsletter to you in October, I look forward to presenting the consulate’s France-Atlanta 2017 series of cultural, scientific, business and humanitarian events, a showcase of what France and the United States can achieve together.
See you soon!
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France