Ambassador Gérard Araud Welcomed by FACC in Washington, D.C.
French Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud attended a welcome reception hosted by the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) in Washington, D.C., on November 24. Organized in partnership with FACC Member Baker & McKenzie and the French International School Lycée Rochambeau, this reception provided members of the FACC with an opportunity to meet Mr. Araud and exchange ideas on French-American business
The Washington, D.C., chapter of the French American Chamber of Commerce serves the Mid-Atlantic Region from Richmond, VA to Baltimore, MD, and seeks to aid its members in furthering bilateral trade and investment agendas between France and the United States.
Chris O’Connell, attorney at Baker & McKenzie and host of the event, opened the event by speaking about the importance of Franco-American friendship to Baker & McKenzie and fellow FACC members, saying, ""We can think of no better place to celebrate the partnership between these two nations mutually committed to growth and innovation in business, in technology, and in human development."
- Ambassador Araud gives a speech before answering a number of questions from attendees
After an introduction by Jean-Marc Gaultier, President of the Board of Directors of the FACC in D.C., Ambassador Araud gave a speech in front of the attendees, speaking highly of the positive bilateral relationship between French and American professionals: “Americans are pragmatic. You must bring something positive and concrete to Americans. We, the French, are bringing concrete contributions to the U.S. that Americans are recognizing.”
Following his speech, Ambassador Araud answered a number of questions from attendees eager to hear about pressing topics in France and America, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the upcoming Paris Climate Conference in 2015.
- From L/R: Chris O’Connell, attorney at Baker & McKenzie, Jean-Marc Gaultier, President of the Board of Directors of the FACC in D.C., French Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud, François Legros, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lycée Rochambeau