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Embassy Hosts Conference On Fight Against Illegal Medicine Trafficking

Published on June 5, 2014
Speech by Ambassador of France in the United States, François Delattre

Embassy of France, May 28, 2014

Chers amis,

Dear Friends,

Distinguished guests,

It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you this morning for the opening of this very professional operational workshop on the trafficking and counterfeiting of medicines, and I would like to thank you all for coming.

As the ambassador of France I am honored to host this high-level conference.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to listen to 39 experts of different backgrounds who have come here to share their knowledge and practical tools. They are police officers, prosecutors, legal experts, private investigators, academics, senior officials…

They come from all over the world: from France and the U.S. but also China, India, Canada and international organizations.

They are civil servants and federal agents but also work hand-in-hand with private companies.

This close relationship between our different countries and between the public and private sectors allows us to improve our ability to dismantle trafficking networks and fight new threats.

I have no doubt that you will have a very productive seminar and will find today’s experts helpful.

I would like to thank all the people who have made this event possible, with a special word of thanks to Director Perez, whose department originated this event.

I would like also to express my gratitude for the support of assistant director Alan Bersin and his colleagues from DHS.

Before giving them floor, I want to welcome Mireille Ballestrazzi, President of Interpol, who is a great police officer with a very rich background and has been dedicated to fighting crime since the beginning of her outstanding career.

I want to offer her my friendship and support in all her undertakings.

My colleague Michele Ramis, the French ambassador-at-large against organized crime, has come from France on this occasion to attend this conference, to support Ms. Ballestrazzi, and to have the opportunity to meet with her colleagues. I would like to offer her my wholehearted thanks.

Once again, I am pleased and honored to welcome you all here this morning and I hope you will enjoy this seminar at the Maison Française.

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