French Ambassador François Delattre visited Atlanta for the first time on May 26-27

The Ambassador of France to the United States, Mr. François Delattre, visited Atlanta for the first time since taking office in Washington D.C. last February.

During his visit, François Delattre met with elected officials, as well as business and academic leaders: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson, Georgia Tech President “Bud” Peterson, Georgia Tech Lorraine President Yves Berthelot and Emory University President James Wagner. Given the rapid growth of Atlanta over the past 20 years, the Ambassador expressed a willingness to work towards strengthening relations between France and Atlanta, economically, scientifically and culturally.

The Ambassador also met with many members of the French community in Atlanta, most notably during a meeting organized by the Consulate General of France, Alliance Française and the French-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as during a business breakfast during which he met with France Foreign Trade Advisors (U.S. Southeast Section).

The Ambassador finally gave a public talk on current international issues and French-American relations with students at the Georgia Institute of Technology and visited the King’s Center. He awarded the medal of Officier des Arts et des Lettres to Michael Shapiro, Director of the High Museum of Art and the medal of the Legion of Honor to 9 American WWII veterans.

During each of his meeting and public appearance, François Delattre insisted on France’s innovative environment (650 000 companies created in 2010, massive investment in higher education and research, development of renown clusters, etc.) and highlighted the current favorable French-American relations as an incentive to engage in new business, scientist and cultural partnerships on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Ambassador’s visit put on the forefront the many French-American initiatives being studied and implemented in the U.S. Southeast, which are highly supported by both French and American local partners.

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