From the desk of the Consul General - May 2018 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
In April the consulate general had the pleasure of welcoming to Atlanta French lawmaker Roland Lescure, who represents French citizens living in the United States and Canada in the National Assembly. The trip provided a perfect opportunity for him to meet with a leaders from multiple sectors — among them education, culture, business and the media. Members of the Atlanta community, from the French-American Chamber of Commerce to CNN journalists to French citizens, turned out to meet Lescure. Their questions ranged from touching on everyday matters such education, expat taxation, how to return France and health insurance, to larger issues such as France’s political and economic situation.
The consulate general and its partners, especially its three consular advisors, did an excellent job highlighting all that the Southeast United States has to offer. Thank you as well to our participating honorary consuls, who helped demonstrate the diversity of this vast jurisdiction, which stretches to far away places such as Hattisburg, Miss., and Raleigh, N.C. The state of France and French députés (lawmakers) are at your service, no matter where you are in the world, with answers to your questions and concerns.
Of course April’s stand-out event was French President Emmanuel Macron’s arrival in Washington for a state dinner, the first to be held under U.S. President Donald Trump. The embassy and consulates played a major role in pulling off this successful trip while proudly highlighting all that France, the United States’ oldest ally, has to offer.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and Macron paid special tribute to the civil rights leader by visiting his Washington memorial alongside Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta, himself an icon of the movement and contemporary of MLK. Meanwhile, Lescure, who was in Washington as part of the official delegation before heading to a handful of southern states, was able to honor MLK by visiting his birth home in Atlanta. Lescure’s time in the city gave him the chance to continue bilateral discussions and relay Macron’s message on multilateralism; solidarity in the fight against terrorism, especially in Syria; the absolute necessity of fighting climate change and his refusal to participate in a trade war among western allies.
Finally, I would like to remind you once more and always of the essential fight to remember and remain vigilant against rising anti-Semitism, in Europe as in the United States. As Macron reminded us after the brutal murder of Mireille Knoll, this phenomenon is a dishonor to the Republic. It was my desire, in affiliation with the American Jewish Committee, to contribute to the discussion during a ceremony for Knoll organized by the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe and prides itself on this heritage: France will defend its republican values at all cost. It was in this spirit that I also participated alongside my consular corps colleagues in the Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony at the Georgia state capitol.
See you soon,
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France