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Cités Unies France

Created in 1975, Cités Unies France (CUF) unites approximately 500 participating French municipalities of all sizes, levels, and political affiliations into a decentralized, federal organization.  On the international level, Cities Unies has established 21 bilateral country teams (including one for France/United States), as well as 4 theme-based working groups.  In total, the network of Cités Unies France includes over 2,000 local municipalities all over the world.  This network structure allows the participant cities to share their experiences as well as to plan for future collaborations.
The missions of Cités Unies France are 1) to provide information, strategic advice, structural support and logistical assistance to those territories interested in developing international partnerships, and 2) to participate in the dialogue on decentralized cooperation in France and throughout the world.

Cités Unies France is a nationally-based partner group of Sister Cities International and serves as the representative of the participating French municipalities in the larger organization.

The President of Cités Unies France is Mr. Charles Josselin, and the acting President is Mr. Bernard Stasi, who was also a founder of the association. Since 1998, Mr. Bertrand Gallet has served as the Director of Cités Unies France.

Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities.  They strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, to promote cultural understanding, and to stimulate economic development.  By motivating and empowering private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders, the organization aims to establish and maintain long-term sister city programs.  Sister city partnerships involve two-way communication and are designed to mutually benefit partnering communities.

The missions of Sister Cities International are 1) to develop municipal partnerships between U.S. cities, counties, and states and similar jurisdictions in other nations ; 2) to provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships ; 3) to create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened ; 4) to stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects ; and 5) to collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals.

The Jefferson Pecan Trees

The goal of this association is to make better known the pecan tree considered as the symbol of Franco-American friendship, intangible heritage common to our two nations. The centenary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the June 1944 landings provide an opportunity for a planting program in places of memory of the France’s participation in the American War of Independence and that of the Americans in the two world wars.

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American Battle Monuments Commission

The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by the Congress in 1923, is an agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

The Commission—guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials—honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of United States Armed Forces.

The Commission’s commemorative mission includes: Designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries. Establishing and maintaining U.S. military memorials, monuments and markers where American armed forces have served overseas since April 6, 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public law. Controlling the design and construction of permanent U.S. military monuments and markers by other U.S. citizens and organizations, both public and private, and encouraging their maintenance.

View the list of commemorative cemeteries and memorials