Visit of the Consul General to North Louisiana [fr]
From May 30 to June 1, 2016, the Consul General visited Natchitoches, Shreveport and Folk Port, in northern Louisiana.
For the second time, he met the Mayor, Parish President Rick Nowlin (pictured below), President of the Chamber of Commerce and the Director of Tourism for Natchitoches.
The city is of great historical interest for France, as the first permanent French settlement in Louisiana. It was founded in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de Saint-Denis, four years before New Orleans!
This French officer constructed the Fort Saint Jean-Baptiste, which was magnificently restored and can be (and should be!) visited!
Natchitoches is without doubt one of the créole capitols of Louisiana, a treasure of American heritage! The city was voted the 3rd most beautiful small town in the South by USA Today!
The Consul General then paid a visit to Shreveport, where he gave, alongside Honorary Consul of France Dana Kress, a lecture on "France, Louisiana and the United States" at the Rotary Club, at the convention center.
150 people attended the conference on the economic and cultural position of France in Louisiana, the Franco-American relationship and the role of Louisiana as the spearhead of Francophonie in this country.
Merci to the Rotary Club for its warm welcome, French flag, La Marseillaise sung together and the prayer in French. It was a very touching moment.
Following the conference, Mr. Trumel discovered the magnificent collection of the R.W Norton Art Gallery. This museum hosts artistic treasures, including magnificent French works (Rodin, Corot, Degas...), French-American artists (Jean-Jacques Audubon) and a unique collection of artistic American works from the 19th century, including Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell.
The Consulate General of France looks forward to a wonderful future cooperation with the museum, which will present in 2017 an exhibition on "La Belle Epoque".
The Consul General was finally welcomed by Fort Polk, first-class military base of the US Army and National Guard of Louisiana.
La Louisiane, francophile du Nord au Sud, et de l’Est à l’Ouest, merci les amis !