Ambassador Speaks to Support Iconic Paris Museum
On April 25, Ambassador François Delattre hosted a traveling delegation from the Louvre Museum for an evening to celebrate and support the world’s most famous arts center, located in Paris.
During a reception held at the Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, Amb. Delattre described the museum’s universal importance. "The Louvre is a national, but also an international treasure," he said. "It reflects the art and values of the whole world. It doesn’t just belong to France—it belongs to all of humanity."
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The visit to Washington took place as part of a weeklong, four-city trip through the United States which joined leadership from Paris with senior administrators from the American Friends of the Louvre (AFL). Led by Hervé Barbaret, the museum’s Deputy Director, the group also traveled to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.
The AFL serves to strengthen ties between the museum and the American public. As a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City, the AFL has organized a dozen partnerships with museums across the United States in the last 10 years.
The Louvre welcomes 10 million visitors per year, of whom roughly 1 million are from the United States.