Mission to northern Louisiana (5-6 November 2018) [fr]
The Consul General carried out a mission to northern Louisiana from November 5-6, 2018. The objective was to better understand current trends and local issues in parts of Louisiana with a historic French presence.
The Consulate also sought to present its activities, especially in the cultural and educational domains, with an accent on French as a language for employment and on the Professional French Forum which will take place in New Orleans in November 2019.
The visits to Alexandria, Natchitoches, and Monroe allowed us to reinforce our relationships and to explore potential collaborations at a university, tourism, research, and technological level, particularly with regard to architectural protection (project CFB 4.0).
The three mayors we visited expressed their interest in forging a relationship focused on these future sectors, bringing more economic opportunities for young people.
During this mission, the Consul General was welcomed by Northwestern State Univesity (NSU) President Dr. Chris Maggio in Natchitoches. We were able to converse with the French department and exchange students from the University of Angers at a reception held at the President’s home. We are actively working with them to put together a professional French program, the Professional French Studies Minor, which will soon be offered at NSU.
A stop in Marksville gave us the opportunity to visit the Hypolite-Bordelon Home, one of the oldest existing structures of its kind in Louisiana.
- Bridget Stanga (Attachée de presse at the Consulate), Dr. Chris Maggio (President of NSU), Jennifer Maggio, Margot Lee Shetterly (author of Hidden Figures), and Vincent Sciama (Consul General of France in Louisiana)
- Andy Ferrell (Deputy Director of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training), Vincent Sciama (Consul General of France in Louisiana), Lee Posey (Mayor of Natchitoches)