Editorial by the Consul General

Editorial by Vincent Floreani
Consul General of France in Chicago

The ties between the Midwest and France are strong and growing further. We enjoy 238 years of friendship, since Marquis de Lafayette embarked to America in 1780 with a letter from the King of France committing to support American independence.

Last year, we achieved remarkable success together. The Paris Agreement on climate, with the participation of many countries of the world, will keep the possibility for humanity to continue to live on an environmentally responsible planet. It is perhaps the most important international agreement of the beginning of the 21st century. On the Iranian Nuclear program, an important deal was reached last July, to prevent the development of a bomb. We shall remain vigilant for its implementation. We also reinforced the cooperation between the US and France in other areas, in particular with regards to security. Following the Paris attacks, we were overwhelmed by the signs of solidarity from the American people.

In 2016, the French network in the Midwest will remain fully mobilized and dedicated to French-American cooperation: Cultural, Science, and Consular Departments of the French Consulate in Chicago, Business France, French Honorary Consuls, the French Foreign Trade Counselors, the French American Chambers of Commerce, the Alliances Françaises, the French Lycées and Schools, and many other French-American associations will continue to reinforce the links between France and the Midwest.

Several key events are already planned:

  • March is Francophonie Month/Mois de la francophonie. Alliances Françaises and various institutions throughout the Midwest will be hosting special events to celebrate French culture and language;
  • On March 21st, eleven restaurants in the region will participate in the worldwide Goût de / Good France event;
  • In April, French Innovation Week in Chicago will showcase the best of French science, technology, and innovation. It will include free public lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on activities for young students. French businesses will come together at Chicago tech hub 1871 to present their cutting-edge technological advances. The event will close with the annual French-American Chamber of Commerce gala “La Nuit des Étoiles”;
  • In October, we’ll have the second edition of À La Carte Chicago. Following the success of last year, we have had requests to extend it beyond Chicago to the rest of the Midwest;
  • Also in October, the Chicago-Paris Committee, working with the Sister Cities, is planning a series of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Paris and Chicago.

All the Departments of the Consulate and Business France endeavor throughout the year to promote cultural, education, scientific, trade, and investment exchange between the Midwest and France.

We also promote tourism to France and encourage you to take part in the Share Your Story of France contest.

We’ll continue to recognize our common history and thank the brave American heroes who served in World War II with France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

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Last modified on 11/05/2016

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