From the desk of the Consul General (Winter 2019/2020) [fr]

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Dear French and American friends,

First of all, I wish you a wonderful 2020. I hope you were able to spend the holiday season with those who are dearest to you.

As I reflect on the plans of the French consulate and the diplomatic network of France in the United States in 2020, I am reminded of all the actors who embody, on a daily basis, the historic and strong Franco-American relations upon which our diplomatic network relies. I look forward to continuing to meet with these individuals and institutions in 2020; I also look forward to continuing, in 2020, our actions to strengthen cooperation between France and the Southeastern United States in all areas.

This year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the declaration of May 9, 1950. Delivered by French Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Schuman, it is considered to be a founding text of the European project; a project that has an expression in the Southeastern United States. Indeed, the consular representatives of the European member states based in Atlanta regularly meet to share experiences and coordinate joint projects. For example, as part of European Climate Diplomacy Week in September 2017, our consulates worked together, and in collaboration with Georgia Tech, to organize the "Global Climate Action Symposium”. In today’s world, as we face of some of the greatest challenges of our time, the ties between the European Member States - as well as the ties between Europe and the United States - remain important. It is essential that we preserve and strengthen these relationships.

Finally, during the Legion of Honor ceremonies held this winter in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, we honored the courageous service of five American World War II veterans: Mr. Harold David Andrews, Jr. (McDonough, GA; malheureusement décédé), Mr. Robert T. Bradicich (Ocean Isle Beach, NC), Mr. Charles N. Horne, Jr. (Honea Path, SC), Mr. Albert P. Lochra, Jr. (Greensboro, NC), Mr. Paul L. Prewitt (Eden, NC) and Mr. Paul Grassey (Savannah, GA). We will not forget these veterans and their comrades-in-arms who fought to liberate France. They are true heroes and will forever be our heroes.

Sincerely,

Vincent Hommeril
Consul General of France

Last modified on 13/01/2020

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