Jean-Marc Ayrault hosts young leaders from France and the US
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received the most recent French-American Foundation’s "Young Leaders" program at the Quai d’Orsay on July 7.
He congratulated the young people selected on the basis of their outstanding achievements and their willingness to contribute to the development of French-American relations. He paid tribute to the work of the French-American Foundation, which has worked to strengthen French-American friendship for 40 years.
This program aims to build ties between young American and French leaders who will have a key role to play in transatlantic relations. Some 20 young French and American citizens are selected every year by a jury in France and the United States. More than 400 members have taken part in this program since it was launched in 1981.
Young Leaders alumni include prominent Americans such as President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators Evan Bayh and Bill Bradley, General Wesley Clark, former White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson, and business leaders Frank Herringer (Transamerica Corporation) and John Thain (CIT Group).
Several Young Leaders serve in the cabinet of French President François Hollande, himself a Young Leader in 1996: Pierre Moscovici (1997), Arnaud Montebourg (2000), Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (2007), Emmanuel Macron (2012), Fleur Pellerin (2012). Past French participants also include former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, former Higher Education Minister Valérie Pécresse, and several business leaders, including Henri de Castries (AXA), Alexandre de Juniac (Air France-KLM), Michel Combes (Alcatel-Lucent), Frédéric Lemoine (Wendel), Anne Lauvergeon (former Chair & CEO of AREVA), and Michel Bon (former CEO of France Télécom).