French-U.S. Relations Are Très Bon

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The French-American Foundation took stock of last year at the Century Association of New York last Wednesday evening, and expressed its willingness to increase its efforts to strengthen transatlantic ties.

For this annual meeting, the French-American Foundation invited the Consul General of France in New York, Bertrand Lortholary, who praised the quality of diplomatic relations between the two countries that agree on most international issues.

A strong signal was given by French President Francois Hollande who went to Washington D.C. for his first official visit only three days after his inauguration. According to the consul, the reelection of Barack Obama and the nomination of John Kerry as Secretary of State will strengthen and extend Franco-American cooperation.

He also highlighted the dynamism of trade. Mentioning a study by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, he noted that 81% of French people have a favorable image of the United States and 75% believe that the two countries have common interests and values. He concluded his remarks with a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt: “There are no two nations more united by history and mutual friendship than the People of France and the People of the United States.”

The President of the French-American Foundation, Charles Kolb, expressed his willingness to continue their existing programs  (Young leaders, Sustainable Cities, Immigration Journalism Fellowship, Translation Award) and to create new ones.

A distinction for “Young Hopes”  is under consideration.  The evening concluded with a panel discussion with the guests of the Foundation: David Bellos (professor at Princeton University and judge of the translation award), Sophie L’Helias Delattre (Researcher specializing in corporate governance at Cardozo School of Law) and Calvin Sims (journalist, program officer at the Ford Foundation).



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