A word of welcome from the Consul General - October 2016 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
In the last few weeks since I arrived, I have had the opportunity to meet with various partners, both in Atlanta and two states in our jurisdiction.
First in Atlanta, our hospitality network for French citizens, organized around the International School, kicked off the 2016-2017 school year! Atlanta Accueil, along with Michele Oliveres, Ensemble, French School Atlanta (Ecole du Samedi) and others offer their assistance to newcomers: feel free to contact them if you are moving to Atlanta this year.
I had the privilege to participate in the statutory meetings of the Foreign Trade Advisors of France– Congratulations to the newly appointed President Streichenberger, and my gratitude to Lionel Zajde - as well as the French-American Chamber of Commerce- Southeast Chapter— Congratulationsto Pascal Gouteix ! These networks are essential to our presence in the US Southeast, as I noticed during my visits to Greenville and Charleston, organized in collaboration with the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas, and to Mobile. the Southeast is a region of economic growth, and foreign investments remain unwavering. Our fellow citizens present in the region can attest to that.
Several meetings with major universities were also held, during which my meeting with Georgia Tech’s President Bud Peterson was an opportunity to reaffirm the high quality of our partnership, both in Atlanta and in Lorraine, highlighted by the GTL campus in Metz. Emory and Clemson - with its remarkable CU-ICAR International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville - are also important partners.
Through these visits, political and economic contacts were established with local partners, following the work done in recent years with such organizations as the Atlanta Jewish Committee or the Aga Khan Council. I participated in the inauguration of the "Filming the Camps" exhibition, hosted at the Mobile Museum of History after being exhibited in New York and Atlanta. This exhibition was made possible thanks to the remarkable work of the Consulate General of France, the Shoah Memorial in Paris and SNCF America.
"Climate Diplo Day" provided an opportunity to gather a panel to discuss the fight against climate change, in which I participated along with my German and British colleagues in the French Alliance / Goethe-Zentrum’s shared office. Lastly, airports were discussed in the extension of the MOU between Atlanta and Paris Hubstart, signed in the office of Mayor Kasim Reed in the presence of Jean-Louis Cannarozzo, Deputy Mayor of Aulnay-sous-Bois, and officials from the Paris region.
Last but not least, join us for the 7th edition of our annual France-Atlanta festival (www.france-atlanta.org)! Plantu and his fellow cartoonists (Cartoonists for Peace) will be expecting you, during this series of events in the scientific, artistic and humanitarian fields, hosted in the presence of Atlanta’s sister city, Toulouse, represented by elected official Aviv Zonabend.
See you next month!
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France