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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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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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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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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World War I Centennial Series – Long Hours, Hurried Meals: Staffing Embassy Paris

16-hour days & meals “hurriedly swallowed”: Embassy staffing shortages August 1914 The duties of Embassy Paris multiplied exponentially in the first half of August 1914. In addition to representation of U.S. Government interests to the Government of France, the Embassy had to evacuate, shelter, feed, and issue emergency passports and identity papers for stranded U.S. ...
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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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World War I Centennial Series – J.J. Jusserand’s Long Voyage

It took, French Ambassador to the US JJ Jusserand, three weeks to travel from Paris to Washington in August 1914 French Ambassador to the United States J.J. Jusserand was no stranger to America. Since 1902, he served as France’s envoy in Washington, D.C., and by 1914 was dean of the diplomatic corps. When war broke ...
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World War I Centennial Series – The American Ambulance Hospital in Neuilly

The American Ambulance Hospital in Neuilly established & operated from Lycée Pasteur On August 9, 1914, the American Ambulance Hospital in Neuilly was established, a private hospital funded and staffed by U.S. volunteers to treat wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict. Championed by Ambassador Myron T. Herrick, the American Ambulance Hospital was quickly ...
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World War I Centennial Series – Getting Around Paris: U.S. Diplomats Ride in Diverse Styles

How to navigate Paris August 1914 w/out the métro, taxis, or private cars? Hire a horse chaise (fiacre)!  One of the many ways war impacted daily life for all in Paris, including those within the U.S. diplomatic community, was transportation—or lack of it. The Paris Métro closed at 7:30pm to comply with the 8pm curfew ...
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World War I Centennial Series – Paris in August 1914

Paris at war August 1914: the Tour Eiffel guarded by barbed wire & guns; the Champs-Élysées darkened With France fully engaged in the war, life in and around Paris quickly changed.  Much of the city’s bustling life abruptly halted as men mobilized and shipped off to the frontlines. In their place, wives, daughters, sisters, and ...
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World War I Centennial Series – Caretaking German and Austro-Hungarian Interests

Ambassador Herrick procured lodging and security for Germans stranded in France early August at Lycée Condorcet France entered into a state of war with Germany at 6:45pm on August 3, 1914. That evening the German Ambassador to France, Baron Wilhelm von Schoen, departed the country. As previously arranged, responsibility to care for German subjects in ...
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World War I Centennial Series – Evacuation of U.S. Citizens from France

Stranded w/out money or shelter: thousands of American tourists descend on the embassy for help Thousands of Americans in Europe were stranded as the Continent passed from peace to belligerency within a week of July 28, 1914.  The crisis was compounded by their inability to withdraw funds from French banks. Wealthy Americans were just as ...
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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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World War I Centennial Series – Mobilization and Adjusting to War

What would you do without your croissant? “No more fancy bread!” Food regulations & mobilization August 1914 Orders for general French mobilization were issued on Saturday August 1, 1914. On the evening of August 3, France entered into a state of war with Germany. Ambassador Myron T. Herrick telephoned René Viviani at the Quai d’Orsay ...
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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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U.S. Businesses Lead the Way in the Fight Against Climate Change

U.S. Businesses Lead the Way in the Fight Against Climate Change Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco Jane D.  Hartley, the Huffington Post, November 4, 2016 If markets and businesses thrive on certainty, as the old adage goes, then they should be pleased with the latest developments on fighting climate change. For it ...
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Saint-Omer – Maryland Exchange

In the 18th century, the prestigious College of English Jesuits at Saint-Omer welcomed three American descendants of Irish Catholics immigrants who had made a new home in Maryland. At the time, the College had a worldwide reputation for excellence and offered students a stellar education. Once educated, the three Carroll sons returned to Maryland to ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Paris, Vientiane, and Manila

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna, Austria, on July 22 to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the U.S. Delegation in Vienna for the first day of high-level talks at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the ...
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Happy Bastille Day ! Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry

On the Occasion of Bastille Day in France Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 13, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of France in commemorating Bastille Day. This July 14, as we observe the anniversary of the French nation, ...
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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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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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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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