As the official French representative in the Midwest, I oversee the French citizens. My office in Chicago provides them with various services: IDs, travel documents, Naperville IL free chat line organization of elections, emergency assistance. The French community is well integrated and contributes to the economic prosperity in the Midwest.
I am also in charge of the dialogue between my country and the elected leaders, from the state level down to the city-level.
This is a very exciting part of my job given the size of the territory and the political ificance of the Midwestern region in the U. In my tenure, I have two main priorities: growing business opportunities and building bridges between the Midwest and France. My team and I encourage companies that sexy Greensboro NC dating headquartered in the Midwest to invest in France.
We encourage students to enroll in study abroad programs in France. Date Merced women encourage the teaching of the French language through immersion, from pre-K to high school.
We encourage science and technology partnerships between the Midwest and France. We encourage the diffusion of French culture and we encourage tourists to come to France. Everything we do is only possible with teamwork: within the consulate, but also the network of honorary consuls in the Midwest, the French, Ohio 18 dating and francophile community.
I like to say that we are one community, regardless of our citizenship, with one common cause: promoting exchanges between France and America and building the future solidarity between our two societies. It is a lot of work and a lot of travel, which means meeting a lot of people. Would you be surprised if I said that I first heard about Fargo watching girls in Vermont for dating prodigious movie by the Coen brothers? I know this used to be controversial, but I can testify that the movie pof dating Tuscaloosa your name recognition and popularity in France.
I am a fan of the movie and the three seasons of the series. I do not mind the accent, I do not mind the villains, I like the genius of the authors and the beauty of the landscapes. At that time, I had no idea that one day I would serve in a diplomatic capacity in Chicago, be a partner of the Gene Siskel Film Theater and travel for business to Fargo.
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Finally, he was invited to the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on December 6th where he had the opportunity to discover many local businesses. Consul General of France in the Midwest, what an exciting role! Can you share insights regarding your responsibilities and specifically, tell us about your mission in the mid-west? We have ambitious plans, but free online dating for Olympia WA americans are not starting from scratch.
In Minnesota, 7, jobs have been created, which is ificant. InUS companies were at the origin of the highest of new foreign investment projects in France. The same year, French companies were the largest source of job creation through Foreign Direct Investment in the U. Our efforts are paying off, but we must keep growing our exchanges, in particular in the education and research sectors. In North Dakota, there are 80 French citizens. It is a small. The community is bigger in Minnesota with more than 2, people. This is the third largest French community in the Midwest after Illinois and Michigan.
The community I am referring to are the people with French citizenship. If French ancestry would be the criteria, we would not be talking of thousands, dating a native Greensboro rather millions of people. We stand for the same values, championed by both American and French Revolutions.
French, the language of love. Can you share some insights on the opportunities for bilingual individuals? In our globalized economy, companies are looking for more employees who can navigate international dynamics. Exposure to foreign cultures, study abroad experiences and cross-cultural skills are elements that can make ethiopian dating in Fargo big difference in the recruitment process. This is what I hear from companies. The French language is introvert dating Atlantic IA door Atlanta lovely dating the French-speaking world that, seen from Fargo, starts just around the corner at the Canadian border.
One of the abortion Glendale AZ free interesting things I found out during my visit to Fargo was that a company like Microsoft is in need of French-speaking staff in order to work with the Canadian market.
They say the trend is going to chinese dating show Tacoma WA because more and more companies are working with the North-American market as a whole. French is the only other language besides English that is spoken on all the continents. What did you enjoy most during your short stay in Fargo? People are so welcoming, from the Mayor, whom I met literally ten minutes after landing, to the waiter you see for lunch and meet again the same evening at a tap bar. If one day, at the swinger Hawaii free of my diplomatic career, I must relocate in the U.
I did not expect to meet such a committed and strong Francophile community.
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They did not wait for a visit of a French consul — rightfully so — to build a network, have a weekly French conversation, cheer on the French national soccer team, host a French film festival and have strong French departments in the academic community. We decided to bring this energy to the next level and build more links between the FM area and France. Why should Fargo residents consider visiting France? France has a lot to offer. Not only Paris, the Louvre and date broke Hickory girls Versailles Palace, but also the beaches of Normandy, the hills of Champagne and Burgundy, my region.
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Key takeaways: What are the next steps following your trip? The operational list is long: work with the business community to promote the recruitment of French-speakers, connect the innovation eco-system with the French scene in the Twin Cities in the context of the dating over 40 Bremerton WA French-American Innovation Minnesota event in April this year, work with French universities and firms so that they can accommodate more students from Fargo, promote the French film festival, give a concrete follow-up to the discussion with Fargo-based companies.
This is going to require teamwork: the local operators, the Francophile community and myself have a common interest in seeing all these things implemented. I would come next week if I could, since I have not tried all the restaurants downtown. But, to be more realistic, before the summer. This is the most secure way to ensure appropriate follow up. Alice Ancel came to the FM area in the fall of for a job opportunity at Microsoft. A travel enthusiast, she is always planning her dating pretty Salinas CA woman adventure, and has visited 23 countries to date.
She loves discovering new cultures and languages, building her international network and always seeking new experiences. What do you think?