Launching of the English Edition of French Morning
Mon Cher Emmanuel, Chers amis,
It’s such a pleasure to be here with you tonight at the Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon on this very special occasion, as we are gathered here this evening to celebrate the launch of the English edition of French Morning, a very successful web-publication.
I want to start by expressing my warmest thanks and congratulations to Emmanuel Saint-Martin, the founder of French Morning and his team for this new and important step in the development of French Morning.
I would also like to thank and recognize Guy Wildenstein, Richard Ortoli, Elsa Berry, Charlie Kolb and all of you for your presence and support to French Morning.
I will unfortunately not be able to stay too long as I will go in a few minutes to pay my respect to the family of our late friend Jean-Paul Picot.
As you know Jean-Paul Picot passed away a few days ago. He was un grand Monsieur, a great Frenchman, a close and long-time friend of America – a well as a dear friend of mine and of many of us – and a wonderful member of the French community here in New York. I want to pay tribute to him.
Mes chers amis, under the leadership of Emmanuel Saint-Martin French morning is already a great success story.
As you know, French Morning was founded in 2007 as a web magazine, and, like so many great ideas, it got its start in New York, before branching out to Miami and Los Angeles in 2010 and then to San Francisco and the State of Texas in 2012.
French Morning already has a strong audience of 32 000 subscribers and more than 100 000 web visitors.
With the launch of its English edition, French Morning will be available to a new audience of American Francophiles and other English speakers interested in France.
That is what this evening is all about: celebrating a new business opportunity, a bright idea and a new bridge between France and the United States.
In this respect, our event tonight could not come at a better time as French-American relations — and this is good news— have rarely been stronger than they are today, as exemplified by President Obama’s invitation to President Hollande to pay a State visit to the United States in February. That is a very rare honor and we are really looking forward to it.
This State visit says a lot about the strong ties between our two countries on basically every front.
The United States and France are each other’s closest allies in the fight against terrorism, as illustrated by the recent French military operation in Mali, with much-appreciated American support, to combat Al-Qaeda in Africa.
In the same vein, the U.S. and France have been in the forefront of international efforts to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-weapons state. The recent Geneva agreement is an important step in the right direction and France will continue to mobilize its efforts to achieve a final agreement on this issue.
The economic, scientific and academic partnership between our two countries is also growing stronger every year and is one of my top priorities as Ambassador. To give you just one illustration of this, nearly every day we at the Embassy conclude or help conclude an agreement between French and American universities and “grandes écoles” on student exchanges, scientific partnerships and collaborations between incubators. For instance, Stanford decided to launch its Europe-based entrepreneurship program this summer with the Ecole Polytechnique, near Paris.
And French Morning is an important player and tool to make it possible for Americans to experience the best of France and everything French without leaving the country. And believe me: I will closely monitor your distribution figures, in order to see the expanding map of Francophiles in the U.S.
My warmest thanks again to Emmanuel Saint-Martin and his whole team on the work done and my warmest wishes of success for the future, and if I may
Vive les Etats-Unis!
Vive la France!
Et Vive French Morning!