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Dassault Announces $60 Million Expansion of Factory in Arkansas

Dassault Announces $60 Million Expansion of Factory in Arkansas

Published on May 31, 2013
Speech by Ambassador François Delattre.

Little Rock, AR, May 29 2013

Governor Beebe,
Senator Pryor,
Senator Boozman,
Congressman Griffin,
Mayor Stodola,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s a great pleasure for our Honorary Consul Beatrice Moore and for me to be here with you this morning, as we have gathered to support Dassault Falcon Jet’s major expansion of its facility in Little Rock.

This expansion, and the fact that this facility is Dassault’s largest worldwide, say a lot about Arkansas and Little Rock’s attractiveness and many competitive assets.

From L to R:Antoine Ajarrista and his wife (General Manager of Dassault Falcon Jet). Jean Rosanvallon (President & CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet), Ambassador François Delattre, Beatrice Moore (Honorary Consul of France in Little Rock, AR)

So I want to thank the Governor, the Mayor, the members of Congress, the Little Rock Airport Commission for their warm welcome and I also want to congratulate them on their commitment to promoting innovation and investment and job creation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The United States and France are the two leading countries in the aeronautic industry and Dassault Falcon Jet is a bridge between our two nations, providing investment and jobs on the two sides of the Atlantic – and beyond.

Dassault Falcon Jet is the world leader in the business aviation and is truly a global company. Its ability to bring together the very best of various cultures worldwide and to be at the cutting-edge of innovation is a source of inspiration and admiration.

For that I want to thank and congratulate Dassault Falcon Jet’s President and CEO, John Rosanvallon, an outstanding professional and a long-time friend of mine, as well as his team, with a special word of appreciation for Antoine Ajarrista, General Manager of Dassault Falcon Jet here in Little Rock.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our gathering today could not come at a better time as French-American relations, and this is good news, have never been closer than they are today.

On June 6, for the 69th anniversary of D-Day, I will bestow the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, upon several American veterans of world-war II and will tell them that we will never forget.

From Yorktown to the beaches of Normandy, the United States and France have always been shoulder to shoulder to defend and promote the values of freedom and democracy that we together gave the world more then 200 years ago.

So it should come as no surprise that our two countries are each other’s closest allies in the fight against terrorism, as illustrated by France’s military operation in Mali, with much appreciated American support, to combat Al-Qaeda in North Africa.

In the same vein, the Franco-American economic partnership is growing stronger every year.

France is in the top 5 foreign investors in the U.S., with 3000 French companies supporting more than 600 000 jobs in this country. And Dassault Falcon Jet’s investment in Little Rock is a very good illustration for this.

So our partnership is at its strongest when it allows us to walk on two legs: shared history and values on one side, and joint commitment to innovation and cross-investment on the other side.

That’s what our gathering today is all about.

So my warmest thanks again to each and everyone of you.

Vive les Etats-Unis et vive la France !

Vive l’Arkansas et vive Little Rock !

Et Vive Dassault Falcon Jet !

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