From the desk of the Consul General - November 2017 [fr]
Dear French and American Friends,
France-Atlanta, presented in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, is in full swing, following a beautiful welcome reception colored with shades of Africa at the High Museum of Art. If you have not seen the U.S. premiere of the exhibition « Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design », do not hesitate! Thank you to all the artists, researchers, and French humanitarian workers who came to illuminate this remarkable program. Thank you, as well, to the companies honored by the French American Chamber of Commerce during the Crystal Peach Awards (Fermob et SUEZ) and our Toulouse-based startups (Nanomade et Nanolike), well received by Invest Atlanta as part of our economic exchanges. On this occasion, we had the pleasure to welcome one last time (as mayor) The Honorable Kasim Reed, who we would like to thank here, as well as his wife, for all their support given to this consulate during his mandates as the leader of the Capital of the Southeast.
As 2017 draws to an end, the staff at the French consulate continues to express its gratitude to American veterans of WWII with, most recently, a Legion of Honor decoration ceremony honoring James D. Mynatt and Paul J. Willis in Knoxville, TN in presence of our Honorary consul Amélie de Gaulle. We also recognized key partners: congratulations to Camille Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, newly knighted into the Order of Arts and Letters!
In Charlotte, NC, I had the opportunity to visit our nuclear subsidiary companies, thanks to a program organized by Business France and the Groupe Intersyndical de l’Industrie Nucléaire, as well as the Charlotte site of the Groupe AXA. Top insurance brand in the world, the group will double the size of its Charlotte office, making it its number one office in the United States. Thank you to all the French and American managers, local or from the New York headquarters that I met on this visit— a beautiful example of the vitality of our presence in the Southeast, in a financial sector that is rapidly progressing in the region.
Among the missions that we are particularly fond of includes “diplomacy of influence” and the debate of ideas with leaders and decision makers in the U.S. I am happy to have been able to exchange once more with the American Jewish Committee of Atlanta, discussing French and European current events in democracy, defense of human rights and the fight against racist and anti-Semitic discrimination. These moments of exchange were even more powerful this year as they were Franco-German in nature, held in conjunction with my colleague, Detlev Ruenger: a lovely example of the common work that we are achieving abroad with our number one international partner.
Finally, I would like to thank our faithful friends of the Atlanta chapter of the French Heritage Society, whose cultural activities are always remarkable. Thanks to Suzy Wasserman and her team, we had the pleasure of hearing Alexandre de Vogüé present the passionate history of the unique monument that is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The important work of Le Vau, Le Brun and Le Nôtre, desired by Nicolas Fouquet, was a precursor to Versailles. Together, these structures represent an extraordinary testimony of what was the Great French Century. You should visit and support the French heritage, as does so generously FHS.
See you soon,
Louis de CORAIL
Consul General of France