From the desk of the Consul General - December 2017 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
First off, a word of welcome to our new deputy scientific attaché, Jordan Peyret. Jordan joined the Atlanta branch of the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy last month. You can read more about his background in this issue of our newsletter.
November 11, Veterans Day is a day of remembrance when we commemorate all those who’ve served in armed conflict. Whereas in France, we remember the Armistice of WWI that was signed on November 11, 1918 and the fallen soldiers who gave their lives, in the U.S., it is a day to honor living veterans of the armed forces. First in Indian Trail, near Charlotte, then at the State Capitol in Raleigh, I was able to honor 10 American WWII veterans with the French Legion of Honor, in recognition of their participation in the liberation of France and Europe. France will never forget these men and all those who fell on the beaches and fields of Normandy, Provence, the North, and the Ardennes. Thank you as well to the Woodward Academy in Atlanta for the beautiful day of Remembrance that marked students and parents and reminded us once again of the values that we defend on both sides of the Atlantic. Finally, thank you to Colonel Jean-Marc Demay, who came from Fort Benning, GA to lead the Day of Defense and Citizenship to share with the French youths of our jurisdiction on these themes.
In the education domain, two important events took place this past month: first, the inauguration, in presence of the Deputy Consul General, of the new “Maison de France” of Raleigh that now unites in a single renovated building, the Ecole Française (French School) de Raleigh, and the Alliance Française of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. It was a great success, thanks to the team work of the volunteers, educational and institutional professions! Thank you, especially, to Marie-Claire Ribeill, our honorary consul, who wanted and brought to fruition with others this new beginning. Then in Nashville, the social media network for teachers of French, “IFprofs USA” was launched during the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference. Present in 47 countries and made up of already 11,500 members, the fast-growing global network IFprofs is an excellent new resource from the Institut Français that corresponds to an already well developed practice in the U.S. of information sharing (jobs, training, teaching lessons) through social media. Thank you to all of our cultural services in the United States, particularly our Deputy Cultural Attaché in charge of educational affairs, Thomas Tugulescu, for all the work done and the constant help that he has been to the teachers in our jurisdiction.
To conclude, I would like to take this moment, with Thanksgiving just behind us, to wish you and yours a happy holiday season, because it’s in February 2018 that we will connect once again for the next edition of this newsletter. See you soon!
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France