From the desk of the Consul General - September 2018
Dear French and American friends,
Back to school is upon us! Many of us have returned from a well-deserved summer break and a historic era in the realm of French sports. In my last editorial, sent at the beginning of July, I wished the French national soccer team success. Well, they did it. The Bleus went all the way, becoming the world champions for the second time in history. Thank you to all those in Atlanta and across the jurisdiction who have celebrated with us and the team which has made us so proud.
Summer is a time of departures and arrivals. For all those newley arrived in the consulate’s jurisdicition, I send a warm welcome! Visit our website, register as a French person living aborad (online is easiest) and join the French community, its representatives and its organizations, including the Alliance Française. I wish you happiness and success in your new endeavors.
The Consulate General’s team has experienced some changes of its own. Our Vice Consul Véronique Pret returned to her France, to be replaced by Nathalie Gonzalez, who begins her duties on September 4. Our culture attaché Alexandre Durand and education attaché Thomas Tugulescu have also completed their missions in the Southeast United States. They will be replaced by Pascale Beyaert and Anne-Lise Gallay respectively this September.
Finally, our account manager Maxime Feltesse set off on his next diplomatic mission and is being replaced by Paul Saint-Elie, who leaves our visa department to take on the new opening. The consulate’s visa office has been closed since mid-July, as French consulates across the United States outsource their visa work to a private company, VFS. Its Atlanta office is located at 100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 225, and it is collecting visa applications then transmitting them for final say to our consulate general in Washington, D.C., which is now the only consulate authorized for visas in the United States. For more information, see the consulate’s website.
We may have a new staff, but we maintain the same desire to serve you, French and Americans alike, in advancing our bilateral relationship, under the authority of the French ambassator and in close collaboration with the cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Office for Science and Technology at the French Embassy in Washington.
See you soon,
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France