U.S. Embassy Consular Services Days in Rennes, Lyon and Bordeaux

The U.S. Embassy in Paris, in collaboration with the American Presence Posts in Rennes, Lyon and Bordeaux, is pleased to announce the provision of off-site consular services: Rennes on October 10, 2018 Lyon on October 11 and 12, 2018 Bordeaux on October 22, 2018 Who qualifies for an appointment? If you have a 5-year-passport (minor or first-time ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. The diverse nationalities of ...
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Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018   We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress ...
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President Donald J. Trump will travel to Paris on November 11

Statement from the White House Press Secretary Issued on August 31, 2018 President Donald J. Trump will travel to Paris, France, to participate in a November 11 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I. The President’s participation in this event will highlight the sacrifices that Americans ...
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Paris hosts the 2018 Gay Games from Aug 4-12

Since 1982, the Gay Games have brought together people from all over the world around the values of diversity, respect, equality, solidarity, and sharing. The Gay Games are open to all and offer everyone the opportunity to participate in their own way.  Athletes, artists, supporters, spectators, donors, volunteers, conference participants, sponsors, or simply anyone interested in ...
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Independence Day Celebration 2018 – Laissez les bons temps rouler!

On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco, Jamie McCourt, hosted her first Independence Day Reception in celebration of the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The celebration brought together several hundred guests to the Hotel de Pontalba, which previously served as the 18th ...
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Meaning – Photographies

“To all the souls Who perished 100 years ago In a bloody battle For the sake of an ideal By the name of freedom” “We would chase airplanes in a car, holding a map and camera. Whether we’d be granted access to the airbases was uncertain. But the gates of America opened as we passed. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador McCourt at Utah Beach Ceremony, June 6, 2018

Remarks by Ambassador McCourt Utah Beach Ceremony June 6, 2018, at Utah Beach, Normandy   Les plages devraient toujours nous rappeler des lieux paisibles où les familles se retrouvent, où les enfants nagent et jouent, et où les amoureux se tiennent par la main. Elles occupent une place spéciale dans nos cœurs et nos esprits. ...
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Iran: Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C., May 14, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, UK Foreign Secretary Johnson, and German Foreign Minister Maas  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo has spoken over the last several days with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, UK Foreign ...
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Statement from the White House Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attack in Paris

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2018 The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the French people and their government against this vicious act of terrorism, and pledge any assistance needed. Acts like this only strengthen the resolve ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues. ...
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Allocution du président Trump lors de la cérémonie de prestation de serment de Mike Pompeo, secrétaire d’État

La Maison-Blanche Bureau de la porte-parole Le 2 mai 2018 LE PRÉSIDENT : Merci. Je dois dire que c’est là davantage d’engouement en provenance du département d’État que je n’avais vu depuis longtemps – de nombreuses années. (Rires.) On peut parler de nombreuses années, peut-être des dizaines et des dizaines. Ça va être un début ...
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Presidents Trump, Macron celebrate their countries’ close ties

As French President Emmanuel Macron arrived April 23 as the first guest of President Trump for an official state visit, the two countries’ centuries-old friendship was on display. Born in democratic revolutions, France and the United States have built an enduring relationship. “It is truly fitting that we are holding our first official state visit ...
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Ambassador McCourt participated to the State Dinner organized during President Macron’s State Visit to the U.S.

Ambassador McCourt participated to the State Dinner organized during President Macron’s State Visit to the U.S. It was a great opportunity to catch up with two friends Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury and Ambassador John Bolton, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 / France

France is a multiparty constitutional democracy. Voters directly elect the president of the republic to a five-year term. They elected Emmanuel Macron to that position in May. An electoral college elects members of the bicameral parliament’s upper house (Senate), and voters directly elect members of the lower house (National Assembly). Observers considered the April 23/May ...
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Nationwide Demonstrations and Strikes by Major Transportation Unions in France

U.S. Embassy, Paris Nationwide Demonstrations and Strikes by Major Transportation Unions in France:  Air France, French National Railway Networks and Civil Service Employees April 4, 2018 Transportation unions in France have called for nationwide strikes and demonstrations which are affecting the nation’s railway system and local transport lines, including the métro and bus system in ...
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Passport Execution Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 ...
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President Donald J. Trump is Standing Up for American Innovation

PROTECTING AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to address Chinese policies and practices that are harming American innovation. The President has directed his Administration to consider a range of actions to respond to China’s acts, policies, and practices involving the unfair and harmful acquisition of U.S. technology. President Trump’s Administration will propose ...
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President Trump Approves Section 232 Tariff Modifications

WASHINGTON – Today, based on ongoing dialogues, President Donald J. Trump authorized the modification of the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to suspend the tariffs for certain countries before they take effect.  These suspensions are based on factors including ongoing discussions regarding measures to reduce global excess capacity in steel and aluminum ...
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Ambassador McCourt presents her credentials to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

On March 16th,  2018, Ambassador Jamie McCourt, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, presented her credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince. She was then welcomed to the residence of H.E. the Minister of State for a dinner hosted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II. Surrounding H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, from left to ...
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“Mary Cassatt, an American impressionist in Paris”

On March 8th, 2018, Ambassador Jamie McCourt attended the opening of the first major retrospective “Mary Cassatt, an American impressionist in Paris” at the Jacquemart-André museum. Born into a wealthy family of American bankers with French origins, Mary Cassatt spent a few years in France during her childhood, continuing her studies at the Pennsylvania Fine Arts ...
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Ambassador Jamie McCourt’s visit to the Salon de l’Agriculture (annual agriculture trade show)

On February 26, 2018, for the first time Ambassador Jamie McCourt was at the Salon de l’Agriculture for a captivating visit of this vast showcase of French agriculture. This visit provided an opportunity to meet many actors of this activity and have a unique look at the dynamism and wealth of France’s heritage. France is ...
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Ambassador Jamie McCourt meets with Mounir Mahjoubi, State Secretary for Digital Technology

On February 16, 2018  Ambassador Jamie McCourt met with Mounir Mahjoubi, State Secretary for Digital Technology for the Prime Minister, to look at Franco-American cooperation in the digital economy and how digital technology promotes entrepreneurship and insertion that benefit society and the economy.
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AEIF2018 opens on March 1!

#AEIF2018 opens on March 1! #ExchangeAlumni may apply for up to $25,000 to support their #AEIF public service projects under one of five themes: fostering economic prosperity; building civic participation, good governance, and resilient communities; promoting inclusion and educational opportunity; advancing science, technology, health and innovation; and empowering women and girls. Need some inspiration? Check out ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ...
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Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Paris, France January 23, 2018 Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Again, I want to thank Foreign Minister Le Drian for hosting today’s signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons. ...
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Fact Sheet : International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons

Fact Sheet – Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. – January 23, 2018 The international community is at a critical juncture in the fight to uphold the international norm against chemical weapons use. Repeated obstruction by some countries at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations have undermined the ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson travels to Paris, France

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson travels to London, Paris, Warsaw, and Davos January 21-27. On Tuesday morning, in Paris, the Secretary will meet with French Foreign Minister Le Drian to discuss Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, DPRK, and Ukraine. The Secretary will participate in Paris in a signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity ...
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Secretary Tillerson To Travel to London, Paris, Davos, and Warsaw

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 18, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to London, Paris, Warsaw, and Davos January 21-27. On January 21, he will arrive in London, where he will meet with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill to discuss our cooperation on ...
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G5 Sahel : Statement from Thomas P. Bossert, U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

“The meeting today to discuss the G5 Sahel Joint Force was productive and timely. There have been more than 870 attacks this year in the Sahel. It’s time to coordinate the effective eradication of ISIS and al-Qaida forces and end human trafficking and slavery.  As part of the longstanding U.S. commitment to stabilizing the region, ...
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Worldwide Caution Issued December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy in France reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal ...
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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Brussels, Vienna, and Paris, December 4-8, 2017

Secretary Tillerson travels to Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; and Paris, France, December 4-8. On December 4, he arrived in Brussels, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend the  December 5-6 NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting . While in Brussels, he will also meet with senior Belgian officials, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and ...
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European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Native American Heritage Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Native American Heritage Month National Native American Heritage Month, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation American Indians and Alaska Natives are inextricably linked with the history of the United States. Beginning with the ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria from November 14-21. In Paris, the Deputy Secretary will advocate for the Minnesota-USA 2023 Expo Bid and hold bilateral meetings. He will then travel to Khartoum, where he will ...
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U.S. Embassy Consular Services Days in Rennes, Lyon and Bordeaux

United States Embassy Paris, France Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Consular Services Days in Rennes, Lyon and Bordeaux The U.S. Embassy in Paris, in collaboration with the American Presence Posts in Rennes, Lyon and Bordeaux, is pleased to announce the provision of off-site consular services: Rennes on October 10, 2018 Lyon on October 11 and 12, ...
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Minnesota, seeking to host the Specialized Expo in 2023 focused on health and wellness

On October 5, Chargé d’Affaires Brent Hardt hosted a reception to show support for Minnesota’s bid to host the 2023 Specialized Expo. Minnesota presented it’s project to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), based in Paris, under the themes of health and wellness with the banner “HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY PLANET.” The state is in competition with the ...
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The United States makes a contribution to the Council of Europe to fight cybercrime

The U.S. Department of State made a new contribution of $500,000 to the Council of Europe to fight cybercrime. Since 2014 the United States has contributed a total of $1,804,000 to fight cybercrime within the framework of the Council of Europe activities. The institution is based in Strasbourg, France.
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha – Press Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha   As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is a special time when millions of Muslims perform acts of charity, remember those ...
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The Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day

The Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. Please dial 01-43-12-22-22 in case of emergencies. How Labor Day is celebrated in America – By ShareAmerica  – Aug 28, 2017 The U.S. celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday in September. The day reminds Americans of the importance of workers’ rights and offers them ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Delivers Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom… [W]e pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations. ISIS’ brutal treatment of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East has drawn a great degree of attention over the last few years. The 2016 Annual Report details these atrocities.
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NATO Allies pay more toward the common defense

By  Christopher Connell  – Jul 3, 2017 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s European members and Canada have increased their defense spending 4.3 percent in 2017 — a step toward the goal of ensuring all nations invest equitably in defense. “We have started to move in the right direction …. and we intend to keep it up,” ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

In releasing the  2017 Trafficking in Persons report , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called  human trafficking  “one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.” The report assesses trafficking in 187 countries, including the United States, and emphasizes the need to hold traffickers accountable and prosecute them. Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who joined Tillerson for the report ...
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Postwar Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe marks 70th anniversary

In an 11-minute speech at Harvard University 70 years ago, general-turned-statesman George Marshall laid the groundwork for a recovery plan for Europe which created bonds that have linked the continent with the United States ever since. Marshall chose that low-key occasion on June 5, 1947, to announce the massive U.S. aid program to reconstruct Europe ...
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President Trump’s Ramadan message

President Donald J. Trump wished all Muslims “a joyful Ramadan” upon the start of the Muslim holy month. “During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities,” President Trump said in a May 26 statement . “At its core, the ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but ...
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President Trump Travels to the Middle East and Europe

President Trump will embark this Friday, May 19th, on a nine-day trip that will take him to Riyadh, Jerusalem, Rome, Brussels, and Taormina. The visit to Saudi Arabia will reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and allow the leaders to discuss issues of strategic concern, including efforts to defeat terrorist ...
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Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and death by the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

The White House, Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C., April 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to address a wide range of issues of mutual concern.  The leaders discussed the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and the urgent security challenge posed by North Korea.  The President also ...
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Video – WWI / They Deserve Their Own Memorial

Transcript of the voice over: They were called “Doughboys.” Then, as now, no one was exactly sure why. Like their name, their heroic deeds fade from memory. People and places etched in a thousand local memorials across our nation…seen, but seldom noticed. Faded monuments to a war that changed everything. The Doughboys named it “The ...
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April 6, 2017: The 100th Anniversary of the American Entry into World War I

Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, formally bringing the United States into World War I, a conflict that had been ongoing for nearly three years. When the war began in 1914—pitting the Allied powers of France, Great Britain and Russia against Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire—most Americans simply wanted to keep ...
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The United States Condemns the Attack in St. Petersburg, Russia

Press Statement by Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC, April 3, 2017 The United States condemns today’s reprehensible attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro system. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured in the attack and with the Russian people.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Remarks to NATO-Ukraine Commission

Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to represent the United States at this important meeting on Ukraine. Three years ago, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine shook the very foundations of security and stability in Europe. Today, Russia’s ongoing hostility and occupation is compromising our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, ...
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Uzra Zeya, Chargé d’Affaires Visit to JECWorld2017, the Composite Material Trade Show in Paris

Mrs Uzra Zeya, Chargé d ‘Affaires at the United States Embassy in Paris, visited the US Pavilion at  #JECWorld2017 , the most important composite material trade show in the world. The Commercial Department of the US Embassy in Paris set up the U.S. Pavilion, which hosted 41 different businesses from 15 States. This was the opportunity ...
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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 06, 2017 PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – France

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – France Executive Summary France is a multiparty constitutional democracy. The president of the republic is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Voters elected Francois Hollande to that position in 2012. The upper house (Senate) of the bicameral parliament is elected indirectly through an electoral ...
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President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. General McMaster is a graduate of West Point and received a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina ...
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Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Leo Michel Talks at the Council of Europe

After a career at the U.S. Department of Defense, Leo Michel is currently a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Last Tuesday, he gave a talk at the Council of Europe, and shared with a number of ambassadors to the Council, as well as several Members of the European ...
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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany, February 18, 2017 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new capacity as Vice President, I am honored and humbled to have ...
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Excerpts of the Remarks of Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Munich Security Conference

Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017 […] As guardians for our nations and sentinels alert to new threats, we all see our community of nations under threat on multiple fronts as the arc of instability builds on NATO’s periphery and beyond. Unified by these growing threats to our democracies, we possess strong resolve to ...
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Vice President Pence Visits NATO Headquarters in Brussels

By DipNote Bloggers on February 21, 2017 On February 19, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence met with the North Atlantic Treary Organization’s (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, Belgium. In remarks to the press following their meeting, the Vice President noted, “The United States has been a proud and faithful member of NATO since its founding ...
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Trump honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History ...
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Youth Ambassadors 2016 Awards Ceremony

Thirty French and twelve American participants to the Youth Ambassadors for Community Service exchange program attended a reception at the George Marshall Center, on January 20, 2017. They shared their impressions on the program with Chargé d’Affaires Uzra Zeya and French representative (Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires) Kais Marzouki. During the ceremony, they received ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

By Christopher Connell –  Feb 1, 2017 Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won ...
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Guidance for Dual Nationals under Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in the United States”

1. The Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals, so long as they hold the passport of an unrestricted country and possess a valid U.S. visa. They may resume travel to the United States. 2. Our Embassies and Consulates around the world will process visa applications and issue nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to otherwise ...
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Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (#YTILI) Fellows is now open!

Are you a young European entrepreneur looking to taking your commercial or social venture to the next level? The U.S. Department of State and the German Marshall Fund are proud to announce that the application window for the next generation of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (#YTILI) Fellows is now open! YTILI brings young European ...
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Here’s newly sworn-in President Trump’s full speech

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ...
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The Inauguration of the President

  The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the  Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related Websites   58th Presidential Inauguration  on Senate.gov Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The  Constitution of the United States  of America White House  website (whitehouse.gov) How Senate confirmations work  (ShareAmerica) Inauguration Quick Facts Who? President Donald ...
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Donald Trump: America’s next president

Watch the live stream coverage of Inauguration Day 2017 on the  Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Donald J. Trump, a businessman who promises to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living, on January 20 takes office as the 45th president of the United States. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from ...
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United States Condemns Attack in Mali

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC, January 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the cowardly attack on a military camp in Gao that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. We are aware of reports that the attack was ...
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COE’s report on Corruption Prevention in Respect of Members of Parliament, Judges and Prosecutors

Since 2000, the U.S. has been a member of the Council of Europe’s Group of Countries against Corruption (GRECO). As such, the U.S. participates in GRECO’s peer assessment process to identify how countries can do better in fighting corruption. On January 17, the Council of Europe released the most recent report on the U.S. in ...
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ABMC Assumes Ownership of Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery

Monday, January 9, 2017   The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) officially assumed ownership and responsibility for the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery (LEMC) today, making it the 9th commemorative World War I cemetery administered by the agency. ABMC Chairman Merrill A. McPeak, former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, joined Alex Blumrosen, president of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation, ...
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The Council of Europe

A selection of 3 key events for the United States of America at the Council of Europe in 2016 : Adoption of the evaluation report on the prevention of corruption in respect of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in the United States of America by the Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO). 4th voluntary contribution of ...
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Consular Services Day in Rennes on February 3, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Paris, in collaboration with the American Presence Post in Rennes is pleased to announce the provision of off-site consular services on February 3, 2017. Applicants for first passports, passport renewals, report of births, and notarial services must schedule an appointment through the Embassy in order to receive services at the off-site location. Appointments ...
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Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States Leaders’ Statement on the situation in Aleppo

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 07, 2016 Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States Leaders’ Statement on the situation in Aleppo   A humanitarian disaster is taking place before our very eyes. Some 200,000 civilians, including many children, in eastern Aleppo are cut off from food ...
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It’s World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2016 LEADERSHIP. COMMITMENT. IMPACT. December 1, 2016   Thirty-five years ago, since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, we have made tremendous progress to address HIV/AIDS in Africa and around the world with far greater urgency and action. However, there is still much work to be done. On World AIDS Day 2016, ...
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Kerry: On Climate we must remember stakes and commit not just to doing our best, but what is required.

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Marrakech, Morocco November 16, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much, everybody. I apologize for being a few moments late. There was a fire and then there was some traffic backed up, and so here I am and here are you, and thank you for being here. Let me ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump after meeting

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release                         November 10, 2016 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP AFTER MEETING   Oval Office 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the ...
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Election Night in Toulouse

Over 120 people attended last night’s “Nuit des Elections 2016,” hosted by Marketing and Communication ISEG, which included performances by a 20-person gospel choir that brought down the house, a jazz band, hip-hop dancers, a blues musician, and numerous debates, presentations, Skype connections and live CNN newsfeeds.  The event was a major cooperative effort between ...
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It could have taken years. But after more than 190 countries signed the historic Paris climate agreement  in December 2015, bringing the accord into force took months. On October 5, enough countries had formally ratified the accord for the Paris agreement to go into effect. President Obama hailed the achievement, saying “ The world meets the moment. ” Does that mean the world is safe from the intense droughts, ...
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Consul Westling to EM Business School Strasbourg

Amy Westling, Consul General of the United States in Strasbourg opened today the International Exchange Fair at the Strasbourg Business School. Surrounded by students who will soon choose their exchange destination for their third year of studies, Amy Westling presented them the benefits of studying in the United States and introduced them to some aspects ...
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Over two years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down by a Russian-made missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine, Russian media continue to mislead the public. Turn off the noise. Nearly one year following the release of the Dutch Safety Board’s independent investigation ( https://goo.gl/XiwLzq ) of the incident, the international Joint Investigation Team ...
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Press Release: Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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By: Michael Ortiz, Deputy Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism; Andy Rabens Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Shaarik Zafar , Special Representative to Muslim Communities. AsPresident Obama attends his last United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week, we are honored to join him in New York to meet with ...
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Remarks at the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on Refugees and Migration

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President Obama to host a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York on September 20

President Obama hosts a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York on September 20 to strengthen the resolve of countries to help the tens of millions driven from their homes worldwide. The summit will take place while world leaders and diplomats are in New York for the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly. Joining Obama ...
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Get a sneak peek at the new African-American history museum [video]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open September 24 in Washington, but wherever you are, you can take an early look now. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution has nearly 3,000 objects and 12 exhibitions, along with 183 videos, to tell the story of America through the African-American lens. President Obama will deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. ...
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France joined the Safe Ocean Network to stop illegal fishing

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2016   The Safe Ocean Network, an initiative U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry first announced at the second Our Ocean Conference in 2015, seeks to build a global community to strengthen all aspects of the fight against illegal fishing including detection, enforcement, and prosecution. ...
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Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Paris, France on September 8-9, 2016.

This first France-U.S. Cyber Bilateral Meeting strengthened the longstanding partnership between France and the United States on critical global cyber issues by reaffirming our already effective collaboration on key cyber topics and identifying additional areas for cooperation and enhancement.  The meeting represented a “whole-of-government” approach, allowing for in-depth cooperation on a wide range of cyber ...
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The United States support efforts against Cybercrime

The United States, through the State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, contributed another  $250,000 (225,000 Euros) to the Council of Europe (COE) to support efforts under the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.  This contribution aims to assist COE efforts in providing legislative drafting advice to developing nations and to support increased participation ...
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Meet 5 U.S.-based groups helping displaced Syrians

The need is tremendous and historic. Even as the U.S. government steps up its assistance, many U.S.-based groups are providing relief to millions of Syrians forced to leave their homes since the conflict in that country began more than five years ago. Meet five U.S. nongovernmental organizations doing their part. Mercy Corps Syrian girls relax at a ...
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Sanctuaries save the creatures of the sea

The science is clear. Diminished, depleted stocks of fish and other marine life  can recover in a protected habitat. That’s why creating additional protected areas is a priority for nations participating in Our Ocean, One Future , a conference to be hosted by the U.S. Department of State from September 15 to 16. U.S. marine sanctuaries protect natural and cultural features ...
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Immigrant voters: The key to victory?

By Lauren Monsen – Aug 8, 2016 Political parties are all about winning elections. In the U.S., both major parties work hard to understand changes in the composition and views of the voting public. In 2016, they see that immigrant voters are becoming increasingly influential. Gabriel Sanchez, an expert at the political-opinion research firm Latino Decisions, says the ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France

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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN NICE, FRANCE – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, by the authority vested in me as President of ...
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Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 14, 2016 On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other ...
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Attack in Nice: Press Statement, John Kerry Secretary of State

Washington, DC July 14, 2016 Today’s horrendous attack in Nice is an attack against innocent people on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. On behalf of all Americans, and especially the great many with close ties to France, I offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed ...
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Remarks on the One-Year Anniversary of the JCPOA

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  “I’d like all sides to listen to each other,” President Obama said in Spain in response to a reporter’s question about the recent killings of two African-American men and five police officers in the U.S. His comments came July 10 in the wake of the fatal shootings by police of two African-American men in separate incidents in ...
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The Warsaw declaration on Transatlantic Security

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Warsaw 8-9 July 2016   Today, our nations face an unprecedented range of security challenges, including the terrorism that has struck hard in many of our countries; Russia’s actions, especially in Ukraine, that undermine the rules-based order ...
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America’s alliance with Britain and Europe will endure

We need to boost resilience against new threats, including cyber attack, writes Barack Obama Op-Ed by President Obama, Financial Times, July 8, 2016 This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from ...
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‘Welcome to Jupiter!’ NASA’s Juno space probe arrives at giant planet

The Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit on Tuesday at 5:54 am, French time, after a journey of five years and three billion kilometers. The first space mission to operate a solar-powered spacecraft at Jupiter and the farthest solar powered spacecraft from Earth, Juno will seek to determine the planet’s atmospheric composition, particularly whether it ...
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Gay Pride 2016: “Stronger than Hate !”

In the spirit of love and tolerance, we were proud to march today in the #MarchédesFiertés2016. The group Inter-LGBT, defender of LGBTQ+ rights and organizer of the pride march, dedicated this year’s march to the victims of the tragedy in Orlando last month. Representatives of the U.S. Embassy wore black armbands in homage of our ...
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2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate ...
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240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

This year, the culinary arts element of the festivities was a celebration of Franco-American friendship and consisted of thirty-four chefs, working with exclusively American products and in cooperation with the Ferrandi and Santos Dumont hotel schools. We would like to thank the Blois-Agglopolys Library and the community of Blois for allowing us to display an ...
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240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America: Our singers and musicians

Our Guest of Honor : Carole King Since writing her first Number 1 hit, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” at age 17, Carole King has arguably become the most celebrated singer/songwriter of all time. Born in Brooklyn, King had her first Top 40 hit as a recording artist in 1962, but it was her 1971 solo ...
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Gastronomy celebrates the Franco-American Friendship !

For the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Ambassador Jane D. Hartley hosted a number of the best French chefs, bakers, MOFs and artisans to cater the event. As a demonstration of French-American friendship, French cuisine served as its own kind of ambassador, representing the links that bring the two ...
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240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America – The Constitutions

Three documents integral in the foundation of the United States were on display in the Ambassador’s residence thanks to the kind help of the Blois-Agglopolys Library and the agglomerate community of Blois. It contains the original and rare Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America (Philadelphia, 1781) ; the first French edition of the Constitutions ...
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240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America – The Constitutions

Three documents integral in the foundation of the United States were on display in the Ambassador’s residence thanks to the kind help of the Blois-Agglopolys Library and the agglomerate community of Blois. It contains the original and rare Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America (Philadelphia, 1781) ; the first French edition of the Constitutions ...
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“America and France stand together”

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley at the 2016 American Independence Day Celebration, Paris, France,  June 27, 2016 Ministers, Ambassadors, Madame Prime Minister, Deputies, Senators, Generals, Mayors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Honored guests, dear friends and family, particularly my son, who’s here from London… Welcome…..bienvenue …..Je suis ravie de vous recevoir ce soir. It’s a ...
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U.S. Consul General Attends Annual Remembrance Ceremony at France’s Only Nazi Concentration Camp

French Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs Jean-Marc Todeschini led the annual remembrance ceremony at the sole Nazi concentration camp on French soil June 26 at Strutof-Natzwiller west of Strasbourg in the Vosges mountains.  U.S. Consul General Amy Westling represented the United States, joining other members of the consular and diplomatic corps including representatives from ...
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Statement by President Obama on the UK Referendum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016   PRESIDENT OBAMA: The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), June 22-24

President Obama will host the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, June 22-24, 2016. GES is a reflection of the U.S. government’s commitment to utilize entrepreneurship as a foundational tool to build more economically prosperous, secure, and globally connected communities around the world. For more information, visit  www.GES2016.org. ...
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Secretary Kerry: “Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage”

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC June 20, 2016 Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of ...
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June 20 is World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, June 20, is a day to honor the nearly 60 million people displaced from their countries by violence and persecution. The United States is the largest single humanitarian donor, providing billions of dollars per year to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with life-saving assistance. The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provides protection, eases suffering, and works to resolve the ...
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Statement by Ambassador Jane D. Hartley on the Tragedy in Orlando

This afternoon, I had the honor of receiving President Hollande and Prime Minister Valls at the U.S. Embassy where the President signed a condolence book in memory of those people tragically killed yesterday in Orlando, Florida. The President and Prime Minister’s visit to express their personal sympathy and their country’s solidarity with the United States ...
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President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we ...
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2016 World Day Against Child Labor: Child Labor and Supply Chains

Today, World Day Against Child Labor, we renew our commitment to promoting internationally recognized labor rights, and combating forced labor and the worst forms of child labor. The International Labor Organization estimates that more than 168 million children are engaged in child labor across a wide variety of industries. Under initiatives like the UN Sustainable ...
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Muhammad Ali’s voice for justice

A revolutionary style of boxing brought fame to Cassius Clay, but it was his voice for social justice that made Muhammad Ali — the name Clay took after embracing Islam — an international icon. The three world heavyweight championships speak for themselves. It’s what he did outside the boxing ring that’s drawn the most comment in the days ...
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Ipsos Colloquium on French and U.S. Presidential Elections

U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, Jane D. Hartley, met with Henri Wallard, Ipsos deputy CEO, Brice Teinturier, Ipsos France deputy CEO and Clifford Young, U.S Public Affairs president at a seminar on the upcoming presidential elections in the United States and France. IPSOS’ professionalism and rigorous analysis were helpful to explore the similarities and differences ...
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Obama and Modi: Partners in climate

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have forged a special relationship since their first meeting in 2014 — one that includes a particular interest in clean energy and  climate change . That bond was on display when Obama hosted the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy at the White House on June 7. The meeting is ...
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D-Day Commemorations in Normandy

After a tribute to American soldiers at Pointe du Hoc, Jane D. Hartley , U.S. Ambassador to France participated to the international commemoration at Port-en -Bessin where she gave a speech honoring the veterans. “We must pass on to younger generations what these men have taught themselves the pain and sacrifice – is that unless ...
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Obama on Ramadan: A time for unity

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan   As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world. For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, ...
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Secretary Kerry in Paris, June 2-4, 2016

Secretary Kerry traveled to Paris, France, June 2–4. The Secretary participated in the French-hosted ministerial on Middle East peace, and met separately with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to discuss the Counter-ISIL Coalition efforts in Iraq and Syria, as well as a host of other issues. 06/04/16   Remarks Before Meeting With French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault ;  Secretary of State John Kerry; MFA Convention Center; Paris, France ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2015

The Country Reports on Terrorism are submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which requires the Department of State to provide to Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of the Act. From Chapter 1 ( Strategic Assessment ) of ...
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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

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Celebrating Europe Day in Sigolsheim

On Sunday, May 8, Consul General Amy Westling commemorated Victory in Europe Day and laid a wreath – with Mayor-delegate Thierry Speitel-Gotz — at the American Monument just outside of Sigolsheim in Alsace, France.  The monument was erected in memory of all American units that fought alongside the French First Army from November 1944 to ...
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Future Tennis Champions in Aubervilliers

On May 25, U.S. Ambassador to France, Jane D. Hartley, inaugurated two outdoor tennis courts completely renovated at the CMA Municipal Tennis Club of Aubervilliers, with Ms. Meriem Derkaoui, mayor of Aubervilliers. This renovation project initiated by the Ambassador, was made possible through the support of the city of Aubervilliers, the French Tennis Federation, BNP ...
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150th Anniversary of U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg

Ambassador of the United States in France, Jane Hartley, was travelling in Alsace this week to celebrate the 150 years of the U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg. On this occasion, President Obama signed a letter to mark the 150 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Alsatian city. Discover the letter here: ...
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Workshop with I Learn America

April 28 and 29, 2016 the U.S. Consulate for Western France hosted director Jean-Michel Dissard for a series of workshops and screenings of his documentary film “I Learn America.” Organized in cooperation with the Board of Education and the Franco-American Institute, the program included five middle and high schools and nearly 300 students. Mr. Dissard ...
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Samuel Grzybowski Recipient of the 2016 Emerging Young Leaders Award

On April 20, 2016 Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel honored a group of extraordinary young leaders with the Emerging Young Leaders Award. These inspiring youth from around the world were recognized for their tireless efforts to promote positive social change ...
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Obama: Counter-ISIL Campaign Accelerates

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 — The campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has accelerated, President Barack Obama said yesterday at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama spoke to the press after a meeting of the National Security Council at the intelligence facility to review progress being made against all stripes of terrorist. In February, the president ordered the national ...
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2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

13 April 2016  2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices      Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices(commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world. The 2015 Reports highlight the intensified global crackdown by ...
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Eurosatory 2016

Eurosatory is the world’s largest and most international land security and defense tradeshow.  2016 marks the 26th Eurosatory exposition since its establishment in 1967.  This year, over seventy countries are expected to be represented by high-level delegations and over 1500 worldwide vendors are expected. See our special page from the Office of Defense Cooperation
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2015 Youth Ambassadors Debriefing

On March 18-20, twenty-six participants of the exchange program Youth Ambassadors for Community Service met in Paris for the program’s annual debriefing weekend, or “Weekend of Reflection”. On March 18, the group attended a reception in their honor at the George Marshall Center, in presence of Deputy Chief of Mission Ms Uzra ZEYA and of ...
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Secretary Kerry : ISIS responsible for Genocide

Remarks on Daesh and Genocide   John Kerry Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC Learn more: Atrocities Prevention Report March 17, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. In 2014, the terrorist group Daesh began to seize territory in Syria and Iraq, overrunning major cities and committing atrocities. The United States responded quickly by denouncing these horrific acts and ...
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On The Occasion of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC March 16, 2016 On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate Ireland for its rich history and culture, and the works of St. Patrick. Each year on this day, the people of the United States celebrate the especially deep cultural connections between the United States and Ireland. For ...
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Second Anniversary of Russia’s Attempted Annexation of Crimea

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs   Washington, DC March 15, 2016 Today, as Russia’s occupation of Crimea enters its third year, we reaffirm our commitment to a united, sovereign Ukraine. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014 or its attempted annexation of Crimea, which ...
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African-American History Month 2016 in France : The Roots of American Music

The U.S. Embassy presented US soprano Nicole Taylor and pianist Daniel Ernst in a series of musical performances and interactive pedagogical concerts incorporating historical information about the birth, development, preservation of Negro spirituals in 19th and 20th century America. Learning and singing songs together, the artists engaged  youth, women groups and general audience in Paris, ...
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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2016

Embassy Paris is excited to announce the opening of the 2016 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund competition! Alumni teams submit project proposals though the International Exchange Alumni website ( https://alumni.state.gov/aeif ) and compete to win awards of up to $25,000. A short time in the future in a community very close to you… Gather your teams and start thinking about innovative solutions for common challenges in your community to prepare ...
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Inaugurating Robert Capa Exhibit at Council of Europe

Consul General Amy Westling along with the Hungarian Ambassador to the Council of Europe (COE), Mr. Ferenc Robak, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the COE, Ms. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, inaugurated an exhibit on the life and work of Robert Capa at the COE on July 1.  A Hungarian-American who became one of the most famous war photographers ever, ...
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The 2014 winners of the Washburne Award

In 2014, for the third year in a row, The Washburne Award  for Innovation in Diversity honored a French firm and to an American firm operating in France. Congratulations to FedEx and Colas S.A., the 2014 winners of the Washburne Award ! The Washburne Award for Innovation in Diversity 2011 – The Embassy of the ...
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Congratulations to France’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2015 Winners!

In 2015, the U.S. Department of State  hosted the fifth annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition. Out of more than 800 proposals submitted, 48 winning teams were selected to carry-out innovative projects of global significance.  The teams – in 43 different countries around the world, including France – will tackle critical issues such as access to education, women’s ...
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IVLP Gold Stars’ Tour

The IVLP Gold Stars’ Tour: Alumni Connecting the World is a special initiative designed to emphasize the direct results and the overall impact of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). This special initiative highlights contributions of IVLP alumni in their home communities and re-connects alumni with U.S. “citizen diplomats” and counterparts. In 2015, French alumnus ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco Jane Hartley

I am profoundly grateful for the courage and heroism of those passengers, including members of the U.S. armed services who, without concern for their own safety, managed to subdue an armed attacker aboard the Paris-bound train from Amsterdam yesterday evening.  While the investigation into the attack remains in its early stages, it is clear their ...
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Gabin Saulnier Represents France in a State Department funded exchange program at Wake Forest University in North Carolina

A senior-year student from the Lycée Marc Bloch in Bischheim, Alsace, Mr. Gabin Saulnier –who just passed his baccalaureate – has left for North-Carolina.  Gabin participates in a four-week, State Department funded program called the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute (BFTF). The BFTF, a program by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and ...
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Inno’Cup Jr Winners Announced in Grenoble

The Inno’Cup Junior science competition wrapped up on July 9 in Grenoble with the announcement of the three top teams including the winners of the grand prize trip to Silicon Valley. 14 teams were selected at their respective regional finals and were provided travel and housing while attending the final judging in Grenoble on July ...
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Ambassador Hartley’s Visit to Marseille

On July 1, Ambassador Hartley visited Marseille in order to welcome the USS New York and attend a ceremony held in honor of the firefighters killed during the 9/11 attacks in New York. She and Consul General Quesada met the U.S. sailors and marines on board, as well as the French marins-pompiers, who were also ...
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APP Lyon Meets with Albuquerque Students at the Birthplace of Manned Flight

On Wednesday May 27, visit to Annonay, Ardeche to participate in a meeting between students from Albuquerque’s Cueva and Cleveland High School Rio Rancho, and Annonay. Every two years, the schools organize visits around the theme of ballooning because Albuquerque holds the world’s largest annual hot air balloon festival and Annonay is the birthplace of ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Visit to France

Secretary Kerry traveled to Paris, France, to meet with Foreign Ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to discuss shared regional priorities and security cooperation, as well as participate in Victory Day commemorations marking the allied victory in Europe. While in Paris, the Secretary also met with French Foreign Minister Fabius to discuss regional ...
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Youth Ambassadors Alumni Act on Citizenship!

The French Youth Ambassadors Alumni association organized its third annual reunion on May 9, 2015 around a colloquium on citizenship in Bordeaux, with the support of the U.S. Embassy and APP Bordeaux. The colloquium was presided over by former Prime Minister and Mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé and U.S. Consul Toby Wolf. The Youth Ambassadors exchange program was ...
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IVLP Alumni Associations Partnership

On April 23, 2015, the Cercle Jefferson , the Cercle Andrew Young and the Moroccan American Friendship Foundation have signed a partnership agreement and organized a conference on intra-African Economic Cooperation: the example of Morocco, at the George Marshall Center in Paris, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Paris and the African Regional Services. The US Embassy’s Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Philip ...
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APP Rennes Talks About the Civil Rights Movement at Selma Screening

On April 13, 2015, Public Affairs Specialist Eva Prévost participated in the screening of the film Selma that the U.S. Consulate for Western France co-organized with the Gaumont cinema in Rennes, and the local chapter of “SOS Racisme” association. Prevost highlighted the 50th anniversary of the march between Selma and Montgomery. She also introduced the ...
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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Symposium in Rennes

On April 10, 2015, in conjunction with the “Maison de l’Europe” and the World Trade Center (WTC) of Rennes, the U.S. Consulate for Western France organized a debate entitled “TTIP and Business”. Following introductions by WTC President Cécile Vignaud, Maison de l’Europe President Jeanne-Françoise Hutin and Consul Tashawna Bethea, keynote speaker Mitchell Moss gave a ...
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Talk on Franco-American Relations at Saint-Félix La Salle High School in Nantes

On April 3, 2015, Consul Tashawna Bethea and Public Affairs Specialist Prévost participated in an “American Day” organized by Saint-Félix La Salle high school in Nantes, starting with an inauguration on the American Revolution presented by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, in the presence of the Maison des Etats-Unis association.
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The Role of Public Diplomacy and Jazz Appreciation Month at Model United Nations Inauguration

Public Affairs Specialist Eva Prévost gave the keynote address on the importance of public diplomacy and international relations at the opening ceremony of the Model United Nations symposium at Rennes City Hall on April 1, 2015. The event was organized by the Institute of Political Science of Rennes. Prevost highlighted the importance of cultural diplomacy ...
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Students from De la Salle High School Present their Work on the Roots of African-American Music

On March 20, 2015, the students from De la Salle High School in Rennes presented their work on the roots of African-American music, a year-long project they had developed in their English courses. The students gave thirteen short presentations in English at the Champs Libres cultural center. Their presentations covered the musical genres of hip ...
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Presentation on the Story of African-Americans’ Struggle for Equality

As part of Black History Month, APP Rennes’ Economic and Commercial Specialist Eric Beaty gave a talk on African-Americans’ struggle for civil rights to members of the France-Etats-Unis Association in Caen on March 4, 2015. Beaty began with Frederick Douglass and continued into the 21st century. In his remarks, he emphasized the respect for diversity ...
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Reaching out to Students at Nelson Mandela International High School in Nantes

On February 5, 2015, Consul Tashawna Bethea and Public Affairs Specialist Eva Prévost kicked off Black History Month with the inauguration of “Three Voices,” an exhibit designed by the students of LISAA, the graphic design school of Rennes, and dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” ...
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APP Lyon greets US University Students at American Corner Lyon

On February 24, Consul Stanger greeted U.S. University Students at the semi-annual “Welcome to Grenoble” event hosted by representatives of the French-US Grenoble Association and University of Grenoble. The students on their “semester abroad”, heard the Consul discuss the role of APP Lyon in the region concerning consular affairs, public affairs, reporting, and daily activities. ...
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In Footsteps of Benjamin Franklin

Consul General Evan G. Reade traveled to Fameck in Lorraine to meet with students at the Saint Exupéry high school.  While most of the time was spent interviewing eight fabulous candidates for the Bejamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, he also talked to senior high school students about diplomacy, foreign policy and important domestic issues ...
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TTIP and visit to Clermont-Ferrand

Consul Stanger visited Clermont-Ferrand, principally to participate in a round table on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) held in front of 100 participants at the Auvergne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI). Consul Stanger shared the podium with CCI President Isidore Fartaria, Jean-Marc Mignon—chief of international affairs for DIRECTTE Auvergne—and several owners of ...
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Op-Ed in Le Monde

by Jane Hartley, U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco Wednesday’s barbaric attack on the journalists and staff of Charlie Hebdo, as well as on policemen guarding them, shocked and saddened the entire world.  As we pause to mourn the loss of life, I am reminded of how the people of France showed their support to ...
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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) begins February 3, 2015

Start drafting your project proposals NOW! Log in to view the 2015 competition The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects ...
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APP Rennes Supports Fulbright Commission Event in Caen

Public Affairs Specialist Eva Prévost introduced Dr. Sandra Babcock, a Cornell professor who currently holds the Fulbright/Toqueville chair at the University of Caen. In the presence of the Caen Law School Dean and the Fulbright Commission Director, Dr. Babcock presented her inaugural lecture on human rights legislation before an audience of forty law students and ...
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Consul Bethea Discusses U.S. Foreign Policy at the University of Cherbourg

At the request of the University of Cherbourg, Consul Tashawna Bethea addressed an audience of over 100 students and members of faculty at the Modern Language Department on November 20. Consul Bethea presented U.S. foreign policy as well as the processes that shape policy-making decisions. She also answered numerous questions, several of which concerned the ...
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APP Rennes Opens the American Movie Festival in Nantes

In partnership with the “Bonne Garde” cinema in Nantes, the Maison des États-Unis cultural center organized a movie festival featuring a popular American movie once a month for a six-month period starting with Brian de Palma’s Carrie. On November 4, Consul Tashawna Bethea joined Ma-Woury Cissé, City of Nantes Council member in charge of International ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Travel to Paris

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to London, United Kingdom on Monday, November 17th for consultations with his European counterparts and to brief government officials from the Middle East on the ongoing EU/P5+1 negotiations with Iran. On November 20, he traveled to Paris, where he had separate meetings with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud and French ...
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USG Exchange Alumni @ the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Eleven young U.S. government-exchange alumni entrepreneurs from Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany and Morocco participated in the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit , which took place on November 19-21, 2014 in Marrakesh, Morocco. On Wednesday, November 12, the group participated in a videoconference to prepare the summit. Speakers included Todd Schwartz, Senior Advisor at the Department of State’s Bureau of ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Week with Monica Dodi

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, the US Embassy in Paris organized a series of outreach programs with Monica Dodi, founder and managing director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund.  Ms. Dodi has extensive experience in business in both the U.S. and France: she started four successful companies, was a co-founder of MTV Europe, the head ...
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TTIP Discussion at Ouest France Conference Center

Consul Tashawna Bethea and Commercial Specialist Eric Beaty participated at a TTIP roundtable discussion organized by Ouest France newspaper and Rennes’ Maison de l’Europe with an audience of journalists, friendship associations, graduate students and concerned citizens, Consul Bethea and Beaty spoke of the many benefits that both the E.U. and the U.S. stand to reap ...
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Remarks at SIAL 2014, Uzra Zeya Chargé Ad Interim to France and Monaco

Hall 4, Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre Madame, Monsieur. C’est un grand plaisir de  pouvoir vous  rendre visite au  pavillon des Etats-Unis à l’édition du SIAL 2014. I would like to extend a warm welcome and congratulate the 146 U.S. exhibitors at this world-renowned food and beverage trade show. I understand that during the course of ...
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The United States Army Europe Band & Chorus: “America’s Musical Ambassadors in Europe!”

The U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg, in collaboration with the City of Strasbourg, the City of Maizieres-les-Metz, Americans in Alsace Association, and Lorraine-Etats-Unis Association was pleased to welcome the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus for two concert in Strasbourg and Maizieres-les-Metz on October 15 and 16, 2014. Based in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, the United ...
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U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus Concert Band

The U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg was very happy to team up with Americans in Alsace Association and its Theater Group (ATG) and stage Seussical Jr. (by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty) Musical in Strasbourg. The mission of the ATG is to produce annual theater productions showcasing American themed plays and to offer theater instruction ...
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Thanksgiving Presentation to Nantes High School Students

On November 27, Econ/Commercial Specialist Eric Beaty presented a lecture on the origins of Thanksgiving at Blanche de Castille High School in Nantes. Beaty discussed the history of Thanksgiving and its significance for all Americans. The event gathered 100 high school students and faculty members, who asked questions on topics ranging from American history to ...
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Commemoration Ceremony at Arches, Lorraine

On 22 September, Consul General Amy Westling traveled to Arches to honor a fallen WWII pilot.  Just before the town’s liberation in 1944, an allied fighter jet was shot down overhead, killing its American pilot Ned Oscar Hunger, a second lieutenant of the 522 Fighter Squadron.  To show respect to the fallen pilot, the town ...
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70th Anniversary of Liberation of Nancy

Discours pour la cérémonie militaire de Nancy Monsieur le Préfet, Monsieur le Maire, Monsieur le Gouverneur Militaire, Monsieur le Commandant de la Base de Nancy, Mesdames et Messieurs les Autorités Civiles et Militaires, Mesdames et Messieurs, Dear fellow Americans, Chers amis, Tout d’abord, permettez-moi de vous remercier pour votre accueil chaleureux, Monsieur le Maire. Vous ...
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Uzra Zeya, Chargée d’Affaires ad interim Sons of the American Revolution Dinner, Cercle de l’Union Interalliée

Monsieur le Sénateur, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, Monsieur le Président Général de la Société nationale des Fils de la Révolution américaine, Mesdames et Messieurs, dans vos fonctions et qualités respectives… Bonsoir. C’est un honneur pour moi d’être ici aux côtés des Fils de la Révolution Américaine pour rendre hommage aux milliers d’américains qui ont servi dans la ...
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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Uzra Zeya’s Statement on the Thirteenth Anniversary of 9/11

Thirteen years ago today, the entire world watched in shock as America was struck by the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Those events are still etched vividly in our collective memories.  We can never forget the nearly 3,000 people — sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers from more than 90 ...
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Congressman Charles B. Rangel to Paris

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Embassy Paris was pleased to welcome Congressman Charles Rangel, founder of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the U.S. Foreign Service.  The Rangel and Pickering Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to ...
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Dr. Lindsay Krasnoff Discusses Sports Diplomacy

Dr. Lindsay Krasnoff from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian talked sports diplomacy with over 100 students, professors and faculty members of Ecole Centrale Nantes engineering school. Dr. Krasnoff focused on the historical evolution of sports as an informal and formal tool of soft power, and how states have used and abused ...
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U.S. Agribusiness Companies at Agricultural Trade Show

Consul Tashawna Bethea, U.S. Embassy Agriculture Counselor David Salmon and SPACE President Denieul presided over a reception at the International Livestock Show, which gathered 100 representatives of both American and French agribusiness firms and business leaders in western France. All three emphasized the importance of building on the already robust agricultural and commercial ties between ...
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France Fulbright Alumni in Tbilisi

The President of France Fulbright Alumni participated in the European Network of American Alumni Associations (ENAM) conference held on July 11-12, 2014 in Tbilisi, with the support of the U.S. Embassy. On the evening of July 11th, Ambassador Richard Norland hosted a reception in honor of the 4th Annual ENAM conference. The next day, the conference was held in downtown Tbilisi on the theme ...
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Inno’Cup Jr. Finalists Present Innovations at Consul General’s Residence

Three finalist teams from lycees in the Strasbourg area joined Consul General Amy Westling at the residence on July 1 to share videos of the innovations they presented at the Inno’Cup Jr final competition in Grenoble during July 8-9.  Attending with professors and supporters from the University of Strasbourg (Jardin des Sciences), each team demonstrated ...
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Interfaith IFTAR Dinner at CG Residence

Consulate General Strasbourg joined with religious representatives to celebrate Ramadan with an Iftar dinner at the Consul General’s Residence July 7.  Attendees included the President of the Grand Mosque of Strasbourg, the Grand Rabbi of Strasbourg, the President of the Regional Council of Muslim Faith, the Regional Council’s Protestant Pastor in charge of interfaith issues, ...
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Interfaith IFTAR Dinner at CG Residence

Consulate General Strasbourg joined with religious representatives to celebrate Ramadan with an Iftar dinner at the Consul General’s Residence July 7.  Attendees included the President of the Grand Mosque of Strasbourg, the Grand Rabbi of Strasbourg, the President of the Regional Council of Muslim Faith, the Regional Council’s Protestant Pastor in charge of interfaith issues, ...
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The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1964, one of the biggest legal barriers to equal opportunity in America was toppled when President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the most sweeping civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction era. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination in such areas as voting, public restaurants, employment, and education ...
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Commemorative Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery

Consul Bethea and Public Affairs Specialist Prevost represented the U.S. Embassy at a commemorative ceremony organized by the Saint-Germain-en-Laye – Winchester, MA sister city committee at the Normandy American Cemetery. Consul Bethea was a guest speaker at the commemoration, which honored the U.S. Veterans who had sacrificed their lives 70 years ago in Normandy. Also ...
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Youth Ambassadors Take Action!

The association Youth Ambassadors Alumni organised its second annual reunion on June 26 and 27, 2014, with the support of the U.S. Embassy and the National Agency for Social Cohesion and Equal Opportunities (ACSé). Approximately 60 participants attended. They were high school and university students, aged 16-24 years-old. They were selected when they were high ...
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The Harvard Din and Tonics in Strasbourg

U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg was very happy to welcome the Harvard Din & Tonics for a wonderful concert at the Centre Culturel Marcel Marceau in Strasbourg on June 17, 2014.  The “Dins” are currently conducting a 10-week, 16-country tour sharing their form of entertainment with audiences around the world. The Harvard Din & Tonics ...
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Educating French audiences about The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

At the invitation of the Embassy of the United States of America, Federal Judge Diane J. Humetewa gave a series of conferences in Paris on the laws related to the protection and restitution of cultural artifacts from Native American tombs (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Public Law 101-601; 25 U.S.C. 3001-3013). In doing ...
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The Jefferson Circle Welcomes Newly Returned International Visitors

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the Chargé d’Affaires Mark A. Taplin congratulated participants to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) who traveled in 2013-2014, at the welcoming reception organized by the Jefferson Circle at the George Marshall Center, in Paris. Approximately a hundred guests were present. Created in 2011, the Jefferson Circle is an association which aims ...
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The AFS Ambulance Tour

To celebrate the centennial of WWI, the US Embassy France has partnered with American Field Service (AFS) Vivre SansFrontière– France to develop a project in honor of youngAmerican ambulance volunteers—the AFS Ambulance tour. This year not only marks the centennial of WWI but also of the American Field Service (AFS), the precursor to AFS Vivre SansFrontière – ...
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D-Day Commemorations

The last day of his  current trip across Europe  — President Obama traveled to Normandy, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. After meeting with World War II and post-9/11 U.S. veterans, the President attended the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach. In his remarks, he paid tribute to ...
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CDA Zeya Opens the Deauville American Film Festival

CDA Zeya traveled to Deauville to open the 40th annual Deauville American Film Festival with a speech in front of 2,000 local officials and international film industry representatives. In her remarks, CDA Zeya emphasized the role of cinema in strengthening ties between both cultures and paid tribute to the late Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams. ...
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Meet your Entrepreneurship Mentor!

“Entrepreneurship in a Borderless World” is the topic that brought together entrepreneurs, graduates and students from around the world for a special three-day meeting in Berlin, Germany. Organized by the German and French Fulbright Alumni Associations, with the support of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassies in Paris and Berlin , this conference took place ...
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April Jazz Month: Lisa Doby Presents “Soul Survival”

The U.S. Consulate General was happy to collaborate with singer and songwriter Lisa Doby to bring her musical-conference “Soul Survival: The Birth, Expansion and Influence of African American Music” to the Courbet high school in Belfort, Franche-Comté. The presentation brought a musical backdrop and context to the history of Civils Rights in America from the ...
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Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May. Consul General Amy P. Westling attended ceremonies at the Saint Mihiel American Cemetary and the Lorraine American ...
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La Gacilly Photography Festival Showcases American Artists

The largest outdoor photography festival in France is located in the town of La Gacilly. This year’s festival featured the United States through iconic and contemporary American photographers. The U.S. Embassy supported the Ansel Adams exhibit and the Public Affairs Officer and APP Rennes toured the festivial in support of strong cultural French and Americans ...
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The Elders visit the Embassy on April 23

Charge d’Affaires ad interim Mark Taplin welcomed former President of the United States Jimmy Carter and international champion of human rights Hina Jilani, both members of The Elders, to the Embassy April 23. The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela, work to advance peace and human rights throughout the world. They are in Paris to promote ...
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U.S. Citizens Involvement in World War I

The U.S. Embassy in Paris organized on April 8, 2014 at the Lycée Pasteur in Neuilly-sur-Seine, which was requisitioned on August 8, 1914 by the French Ministry of War for the American Field Service, a conference for 200 students on “U.S. Citizens’ Involvement in World War I.” Speakers included Chief Medical Officer Jean-Dominique Caron, Recruitment ...
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Lea Gilmore and Marc Borms: “Soul of a People or History of African American Music and Civil Rights”

In honor of the April jazz month, ConGen Strasbourg welcomed a blues, gospel and jazz singing civil rights activist Lea Gilmore to Strasbourg and Metz for three conference-concerts entitled “Soul of A People.”  Ms. Gilmore and her pianist Marc Borms spoke and sang on the history of African American music; civil and human rights; and ...
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Reception for Ukraine’s Youth

#UnitedforUkraine:  On April 2, Mark A. Taplin, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the United States Embassy in Paris,  Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksandr Kupchyshyn, and Canadian Ambassador Lawrence Cannon met with young Ukrainians during a reception at the Hotel de Talleyrand (the George Marshall Center) in Paris.  Mark A. Taplin stated that: “What will move Ukraine forward is ...
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First Ever “Science Fair” Contest Winners Attend Solar Decathlon Europe

Winners of the American Science Fair for young women studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) took a field trip to Versailles to attend Solar Decathlon Europe. The trip coincided with the U.S. Embassy organized “American Day” where the Rennes team of future female scientists and engineers and the Director of International Relations of the ...
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Secretary Kerry Travel to Paris

Secretary Kerry visited Paris on March 29, 30 and 31 to hold meetings and discuss Ukraine with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. John Kerry, Secretary of State, Press Availability SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody. Thank you very much for your patience. I know it’s late, at least here. And I ...
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Greening Buildings in Strasbourg

Mark Ginsberg, a former Senior Executive and Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy who is currently working as a consultant on green buildings around the world, spoke on March 19 with engineering and architectural students and architects at Strasbourg’s Institute of Applied Sciences (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, or INSA). His talk addressed ...
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College Board Expert Demystifies U.S. College Application Process

Consulate General Strasbourg welcomed Michael Kabbaz, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to Strasbourg March 17 to talk about the U.S. higher education system and demystify the college and university application process for students and parents. Hitting several cities in Western Europe through a collaboration between his ...
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Secretary Kerry visits Saint-Briac-sur-Mer during 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Secretary Kerry visited Saint-Briac-sur-Mer for an official ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the town’s liberation and the renaming of the town’s main square after U.S. photographer Tony Vaccaro, a WWII veteran whose iconic images retraced his landing in Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Vaccaro’s most famous photo – “the Kiss of ...
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Visit to Haute Saone Department in Franche Comté

Consul General Evan G. Reade traveled to the towns of Gray and Champagney in Haute Saone, Franche Comté on Monday, February 10, 2014 to visit the Henry Fertet high school and Victor Schoelcher middle school. The Henry Fertet high school has a partnership with Charlottesville Albermale Technological Center (CATEC) and the students are preparing for ...
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President Hollande’s State Visit to the U.S.

Program of the Visit Monday, February 10 – Washington, D.C. (Paris + 6h) 14h30 Arrival of the French President 16h30 Visit to Monticello 20h00 Dinner with Christine LAGARDE, FMI Director, and Dr Jim YONG KIM, World Bank President Tuesday, February 11 – Washington, D.C. (Paris + 6h) 09h00 Welcome Ceremony and meeting of the two ...
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“Brothers in Arts” Jazz Symphonic Homage to the Soldiers and Citizens of D-Day

A full house of over 1,000 gave a rousing standing ovation to the world premiere of the Brittany Symphony Orchestra’s performance of a new orchestral and jazz influenced work composed by noted French and American composers in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Liberation of France. The OSB commissioned American composer Chris ...
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Secretary Kerry Travel to Paris

01/13/14  Remarks With French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius ;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Quai d’Orsay; Paris, France 01/13/14  Press Availability With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi ; Secretary of State John Kerry; Chief of Mission Residence; Paris, France Video 01/12/14   Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu After Their Meeting ;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Chief of Mission Residence; Paris, France 01/12/14   Remarks With Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyah ;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Chief of Mission Residence; Paris, France Syria – Ministerial meeting of the eleven countries making up the Friends of Syria “Core Group” Paris Declaration of the Core Group, Paris, January 12, 2014 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry’s Trip to France, Washington, DC, January 10, 2014  
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Breakfast with the students from Castilleja High-School

On Thursday, January 9, the Embassy hosted a breakfast with a group of female students from Castilleja High-School (California) who were on an intensive study tour in Paris entitled “Women and Immigration” organized by Studio Praxis organization.  The students actively participated in a lively discussion with Cultural Affairs Officer Jennifer Rasamimanana who shared her experience ...
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Celebrating the life of Benny Luke Jr. (1942-2013)

The U.S. Embassy in Paris continues its month-long celebration of Black History Month with a commemoration of the incredible life of Benny Luke Jr., as well as a tribute to the inestimable cultural contributions of African American expatriates in France. Born in Los Angeles in 1939, Benny Luke enlisted in the U.S. Navy until his ...
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AEIF 2016

Embassy Paris is excited to announce the opening of the 2016 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund competition! Alumni teams submit project proposals though the International Exchange Alumni website ( https://alumni.state.gov/aeif ) and compete to win awards of up to $25,000. A short time in the future in a community very close to you… Gather your teams and start thinking about innovative solutions for common challenges in your community to prepare ...
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