Remarks on the occasion of French Innovation Week - French-American Chamber of Commerce Gala

Remarks by Ambassador of France to the United States and remarks by Consul General of France on the occasion of French Innovation Week at Chicago - French-American Chamber of Commerce Gala at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
(May 1, 2015)

Message from the French Ambassador to the United-States of America, His Excellency Gérard Araud

France is a land of innovation as well as research and development. It appears in all of the top world rankings for patents and scientific publications. This aspect of our country can gain even more recognition.

Yes, France is a country of gastronomy, good wines, museums, culture, and tourism, but it is has many other features that deserve to be well-known, features of which we are no less proud.

France is also a country of high-speed trains, of the aeronautic and space industry, of nuclear energy, and of medical discoveries. This year, our country witnessed the strongest foreign start-up delegation ever at the great international innovation conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where numerous French innovations received awards.

French authorities took several measures to further support research and development and attract innovative businesses, notably through a fiscal system that is one of the most attractive in the world for them. American business managers whom I met applauded our research tax credit. Our education system produces researchers and engineers that are recognized world-wide for their talent. American world-known companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Google have noticed, as well as Alexion and Merck & Co which opened Research and Development centers in France a few weeks ago.

I am delighted by the excellent initiative taken by the French partners in Chicago - the Consulate General, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Business France, the Scientific and Cultural Services, and Alliance Française - to promote this dimension of our country through the events of French Innovation Week in Chicago.

Being sure to reinforce the partnership between France and the United States, I am convinced that the best understanding of that which France can offer in terms of innovation and technology will add to the numerous opportunities for cooperation between our two countries.

Address from the Honorable Consul General of France in Chicago, Monsieur Vincent Floreani

Thank you to the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago for its role in organizing French Innovation Week in Chicago.

Numerous French and Franco-American institutions worked together with the Consulate General to show aspects of France´s innovation and research. I am also grateful to the Alliance Française, Business France, the Scientific Service, and the Cultural Service in Chicago.

The variety of events allowed us to present diverse aspects of innovation in France: Infinités plurielles, portraits of women in the sciences; a conference on the Rosetta space probe mission; a conference on climate change; science workshops for children; and the "Nuit des Etoiles" gala celebrating innovation.

This week of innovation also gave us the opportunity to work with our American partners. Schools in Chicago took part in science workshops that were held at the Feinberg School of Medicine; the incubator and accelerator 1871 welcomed representatives from Bolloré, Faurecia, and Valeo; the Cabinet Drinker Biddle & Reath hosted one of the round tables.

Finally, French Innovation Week provides an opportunity to start new partnerships. For example, starting in June, 1871 will receive eight French high technology businesses who work with connected vehicles as part of the project Ubi Mobility.

French Innovation Week in Chicago is a major event for the image of our country and for our relationship with our American partners. We will continue this initiative next year./.

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