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Telstar 50 Live TV simulcast with France

Telstar 50 Live TV simulcast with France

Published on July 14, 2012
Speech by Ambassador François Delattre

National Air and Space Museum, July 12th, 2012

Secretary Clough,
General Dailey,
Consul General Tate,
Dear American friends,

Madame la Ministre, Chère Christine Albanel - thank you so much for being part of this event as Orange Executive Director,

Monsieur le représentant du Président de la Région Bretagne,

M. le Maire de Lannion, Christian Marquet,

Chers amis français.

It’s a great pleasure for my team and for me to be with you today at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as we are celebrating “Telstar 50th anniversary” and I want to thank all those whose commitment and hard work have made this exceptional event possible.

Fifty years ago, Telstar was a technological breakthrough that produced a true revolution in the information and communication world, allowing any human being on Earth to potentially communicate with any other, whoever they may be. In this respect, Telstar made science-fiction a reality. It’s technology helps save lives, avoid conflicts and promote better understanding between peoples. So diplomacy and telecommunications go together – and Telstar therefore deserves the title of honorary Ambassador.

We owe Telstar’s great success to the talent and vision of hundreds of brilliant scientists and engineers in America and in Europe, and to the commitment of our two countries in particular.

France is proud to have been instrumental in this wonderful adventure. Telecommunications have always been and still are one of France’s technological fields of excellence, as illustrated by our Institut des Telecommunications, our many engineering schools, and our leading telecommunication companies such as Orange in particular, with Globecast America, that I’d like to warmly thank for their support and their leadership.

Against this backdrop it should come to no surprise that innovation is today more than ever France’s number 1, number 2 and number 3 priority.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our event could not come at a better time, between Independence Day and Bastille Day, and as French-American relations – and this is good news – have never been stronger than they are today.

My warmest thanks again to all of you.