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Ambassador Araud travels south for French Weeks Miami

Ambassador Araud travels south for French Weeks Miami

Published on November 7, 2014
Mr. Araud met with business and community leaders in Miami, and spoke about economic partnerships between France and the U.S.

On November 3 and 4, Ambassador of France to the U.S. Gérard Araud headed south for his first official visit to Florida on the occasion of French Weeks Miami, organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) of Miami and the Consulate General of France in Miami.

During the event, Ambassador Araud, accompanied by French Consul General Philippe Létrilliart, had the opportunity to exchange with business leaders and public figures in the arts and design sector of Miami, including entrepreneur and art collector Mr. Craig Robins. In addition to meeting with the managers of major seaport Port of Miami and CEOs of cruising and maritime transport companies in the region, Mr. Araud visited the Design District alongside Mr. David Gouvert, Vice-President of Louis Vuitton and Executive Director of LVMH, a French company that has supported the Design District project from the start.

On November 4, the Ambassador spoke at a luncheon hosted by FACC Miami, focusing on foreign investment in France and economic partnerships between the United States and France. In his speech, Mr. Araud spoke of the strong economic Franco-American partnerships which unite our two countries, as well as the actions France has taken in order to attract foreign investments from the U.S. and elsewhere. He emphasized that the state of Florida has a strong economic presence in our country—of the 3,000 American companies that have operations in France, 50 are Floridian.

As part of his visit to Miami, Ambassador Araud also attended a meeting of the honorary Consuls of Florida, attended by French officials, representatives of regional economic organizations, and leaders of local French associations, in order to speak about reforms of particular interest to the French community in the United States.

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