Economic Agenda - May 2007





SAE 2007

Under the guidance of Economic and Commercial Commissioner, Daniel Gallissaires, the French Embassy Economic Office in Chicago/Detroit welcomed a delegation of French diesel specialists to the Detroit area during the annual SAE Congress and Exposition. The group, entitled Diesel France, participated in personalized appointments, group visits to Detroit Diesel, DaimlerChrysler and NextEnergy, and networking receptions in the French and American automotive communities.

The delegation’s technologies and France’s expertise in the diesel field were also highlighted in Ward’s Automotive April edition.. Finally, they participated in the technical seminar “Automotive Energy Issues: Market-Driven Approaches” organized by the Economic Office and FAABA and hosted by the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership.

In addition to the various activities highlighted above, the visiting delegation was also present at the SAE exposition under the Diesel France banner. They joined a total of 19 French companies exhibiting at the 2007 Congress. While France enjoyed an impressive presence on the show floor, there were yet other French companies which delivered technical papers for the Conference. For additional information on the Diesel France initiative and participants, please visit their website:, or contact Georges Ucko, 312 327 5247, or Molly Swart, 248 457 1150.


JPEGFrench clusters are the more sustainable since they fall within the scope of the European Commission plans regarding national clusters set up by EU members. In Stockholm next November 2007, Brussels plans to launch a long-term cluster-oriented European policy to enable national clusters in Europe to operate together, creating an effective network of Europe-targeted clusters without boundaries. (Complete information)

A new guide "Guide to doing business in France" is now online Published by Lex Mundi, the World’s leading association of independent law firms, this free guide gives you all the important information you need for doing business in France.

About the Invest in France Agency: The Invest in France Agency is the economic development arm of the French government responsible for promoting foreign direct investment into France. Its mission is to help companies find the most profitable and competitive solution in France for their European business goals. In addition to facilitating access to financial and fiscal incentives, Invest in France provides key industry contacts, site selection studies and regulatory information and helps identify potential partners and acquisition opportunities. Services are customized, confidential and complimentary. Invest in France has 32 offices in 22 countries, including North American offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto. For more information, please visit

GIF Invest in France Agency North America
205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3750
Chicago, IL 60601
Tél. (312) 628-1054 - Fax : (312)628-1033

GIF : The official French Exporters Free resource
Firmafrance.comwas launched in France on June 25th, 2003 by UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for international business development, and the French weekly magazine on topical industrial news, l’Usine Nouvelle. It is the first and only B2B website which brings together 20,000 French exporters. Dedicated to foreign companies who wish to identify reliable suppliers and partners, it also gives companies the chance to announce
their offers and seize business opportunities on line.


JPEG French Pavilion Premiers at NRA Show in May
For the first time, a French pavilion showcasing nine of the France’s most dynamic kitchen equipment companies will be at the NRA Show, May 19 to 22 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Click (here) for complete information.

JPEG Modern Engineering Opens New Facility in Saint-Etienne, France
The Modern Engineering group, an outsourced industrial engineering company headquartered in Rochester Hills, Mich., announced the opening of a new facility in France during a press luncheon held on April 17 in Detroit, Mich. Already present in China, India, Israel, and Romania, the group’s new facility in the Metrotech technology park near the city of Saint-Etienne in central France marks its first development project in western Europe. Click (here) for complete information.

JPEG Vogus Wines "Made in France" With Innovative Packaging, Available for Export
Basing themselves on a "strength through unity" principle, three wine producers from the south of France have joined forces to enhance their production and find new market outlets. Their strategy is to offer a range of complementary wines to be marketed under a common brand: Vogus. Thanks to its elegant presentation design, Vogus has created an immediately recognizable visual identity with strong visual impact. Click (here) for complete information.

JPEG Europe’s Largest Livestock Show Continues to Grow
More than 77,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors are expected to attend the 16th edition of Sommet de l’Elevage this year, from Oct. 4 to 6 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Located in the heart of the Massif Central in the largest beef production region in Europe, the show is expected to again confirm its position as the leading European livestock trade show with a comprehensive presentation of French and European breeds. The 2007 Sommet will broaden its dairy cattle presentation by welcoming the prestigious National Holstein Show, the leading dairy cattle breed both in France and abroad. A recognized platform for business, this year’s show will again highlight opportunities to exchange information and build relationships at the heart of current events in the agricultural industry. Click (here) for complete information.


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Le programme de formation des agents de voyages que propose la Maison de la France s’étend sur 3 ans. Il permet d’éduquer les agents de voyages américains sur la France d’en faire des spécialistes de notre destination et de nos produits. Ces agents bénéficient d’offres spéciales mises à disposition par les partenaires français et américains du programme sur la section professionelle sur site

France, Learn it, Live it, Sell it - Become a France Certified Agent
JPEG Maison de la France offers a unique Certification program for travel agents in the U.S.
The course prepares American travel agents to sell one of the world’s most popular destinations. You’ll discover the beauty and romance of France through maps, photographs, and information about niche markets that includes vineyard tours and barge cruising, and details about France’s famous food and wine. With in-depth information about France’s climate, history, transportation, accommodations, special
events, dining, entertainment, and shopping, you’ll soon be selling France with confidence.

The program also provides sales strategies and sample itineraries. Upon successful completion of the course and test, agents will be invited by Maison de la France to participate in a low-cost educational trip to France. For criteria on the France Certified Agent program, visit and click on Destination Specialist Courses.

For Tour Operators, journalists and professional, please
call: (312) 327-0290 (please note new phone number). For general information about tourism in France, please call: (514) 288-1904 (for the general public) or (514) 288-6989 (for travel agents) or visit

JPEG Pour bien préparer vos vacances en France
de la Maison de la France et Skifrance.frde l’Association nationale des Maires des Stations de Montagne.

To prepare your vacation in France two sites: from Maison de la France and from the Association nationale des Maires des Stations de Montagne.

Maison de la France is delighted to provide you with information and helpful hints for you and your students’ next trip to France!. Don’t hesitate to contact Maison de la France at (514) 288 1904 if you need brochure for the Young Traveler or the general FranceGuide 2005 brochure that includes fun facts and celebrities’ interviews such as Tony Parker who grew up in France.

E-newsletter from the Maison de la France
E-News from France is the Maison de la France French Government Tourist Office monthly consumer e-newsletter. It provides up-to-the-minute information on travel to France, including hot deals, events and other news of interest to American visitors. For more information and to sign up click (here) or send an (email).

Through expatriate eyes!
Through expatriate eyes is a way to discover the Paris of Parisians! The faculties of expatriate friends - the booksellers, writers, journalists, wine merchants and restaurateurs that define contemporary Paris reveal the best of Paris - past and present. For calendar of events or other information please contact Terrance Gelenter at 415-388-4956. Visit the website:


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May 4: La Nuit des Etoiles
Save the date for the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s annual event honoring Executive of the Year, John D. Bliven, Managing Director of High Voltage Products, Areva Inc. Sofitel Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut. Black tie optional. Contact the French-American Chamber of Commerce at 312-578-0444 or

May 5: Election Brunch
After La Nuit des Etoiles, join the French American Chamber of Commerce and TV5 Monde at the Sofitel La Cigale for brunch with French and Francophiles alike in honor of the second round of the French Presidential Elections. It only happens once every 5 years... don’t miss this exciting event! Also, Participate in the raffle for a fabulous gift basket from Fox & Obel. La Cigale. Sofitel Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut. 10am - 1pm. $25/Nuit des Etoiles attendees, $30/general public. RSVP: 312.578.0444.

May 8: Monthly Member’s Luncheon
Chef Gilles Arzur and the Sofitel team will provide what is sure to be a delicious meal and welcoming setting for you to meet with your fellow FACC members. Mark you calendar for the monthly luncheon for the second Tuesday of every month! Sofitel Water Tower Hotel, Café des Architectes - 20 East Chestnut. RSVP by Monday, May 7 at noon to 312-578-0444 or

May 30: FACC Business Breakfast Seminar: “Protecting Your Brands”
Join the FACC Chicago for the final business breakfast seminar of the 2006-2007 season. Brett August of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson will be leading the seminar. Breakfast and networking will begin at 8 a.m. and be followed by the presentation and Q & A.
The seminar with breakfast is FREE to FACC members and $20 for the general public. Thank you to all who participated in this series! We hope to see you again for the next session!Great Street Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel. One West Wacker Drive. Space is limited, please reserve your place by Monday, May 28: or 312-578-0444.


May 3, 2007: Looking Beyond the Obvious: Opportunity and Risk in the Automotive Industry - Rising Gas Prices, Hybrids and Meeting the Consumer’s Needs
Join the FACC Michigan for a talk by Alan Baum,
Director of Automotive Forecasting, The Planning Edge. Mr. Baum, noted automotive analyst, who is frequently quoted by Bloomberg, Automotive News, The Detroit News and many others, will present his insightful and often unconventional view of today’s automotive industry. He will
discuss how industry participants can minimize their risk and maximize their opportunities in these difficult times by understanding changing consumer attitudes and relevant industry changes. $30/members, $40/non-members. RSVP by April 25. Click (here) for complete information.

May 12, 2007: French-American Chamber of Commerce Springtime in Paris Soiree
Join the FACC of Detroit This spectacular event includes dinner, dancing, a fashion show and raffle. 7:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at the Orchard Lake Country Club, 5000 West Shore Drive, Orchard Lake, MI 48324. To RSVP contact:

May 10: European American Chamber of Commerce of Cincinnati’s Annual Dinner Gala 2007
Join the FACC/EACC for cocktails, a silent auction, fine dining and student created high fashion at this annual event! The University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program is delighted to showcase fashions created by the junior fashion design class. Each of the 10 student designers, under Professor Mary Wright, designed and tailored creations inspired by French designers exclusively for this event. RSVP by May 1. See invitation for complete information and RSVP form to reserve your place. Drees Pavillion, Devou Park, 790 Park Ln., Covington, KY.

May 10: Bridging the Gap, Making the most of your business trip to France
Traveling to France? Unsure of correct cultural and business etiquette? Plan to attend the French American Chamber of Commerce of Northern Ohio’s seminar. Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - 4:00-6:00PM at Corporate College East- 4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights. Cost: $30/$25 members/$20 students. RSVP: (216) 274.2354, or e-mail: before 05/04.
Send check to: FACC, 200 Public Square Suite 3300, Cleveland OH 44114.

NEWS: The French American Chamber of Commerce of Northern Ohio announces Mr. Larry Miller from Tremco as the new president of the organization. Welcome!

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