Consul General Trumel and Kirby Jambon in "Le Figaro"
On Friday, March 20, 2015, Consul General Grégor Trumel and Louisianan poet Kirby Jambon were featured in the well-known and widely-circulate French publication "Le Figaro". The article, "La miraculeuse survie des francophones de Louisiane", written by Laure Mandeville, describes the struggles and incredible survival of French speakers in Louisiana.
"Malgré le rouleau compresseur culturel américain, le pays des Cadiens et des créoles parle toujours français, et les jeunes générations redécouvrent leurs racines avec une singulière obstination. La Louisiane a même envoyé début décembre à Paris son premier poète à être distingué par l’Académie française."
"In spite of the American cultural steamroller, the country of Cajuns and Creoles still speaks French, and young generations rediscover their roots with a singular persistence. Louisiana has even sent its first poet to Paris at the beginning of December to be recognized by the ’Académie française’".
You can read the full article here, written in French:
- Consul General and Kirby Jambon in Le Figaro
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In December of 2014, Kirby Jambon became the first Louisianan to receive the Henri de Régnier Prize in Paris by the ’Académie française’. The ceremony was presided by former president of the Republic of France, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. You can watch the ceremony of the event, and a special reading at the Residence of the Consul General in his honor, here.