Macron travels to New Orleans to celebrate Francophonie

Emmanuel Macron concludes his three-day state visit to the United States on Friday with a visit to New Orleans, a city emblematic of historical Franco-American ties where he will promote the Francophonie.

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The day after a lavish reception at the White House which sealed the French president’s “friendship” with his American counterpart Joe Biden, he must spend less than 24 hours in the city of Louisiana, in the south-east of the country. .

Once French, “New Orleans” was sold to the United States by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803.

“In New Orleans, in French-speaking land if there is one”, President Macron has announced that he will announce an “ambitious” initiative: “the +French For All+ fund, to support the learning of French everywhere it is at stake in the United States, from kindergarten to university, especially with underprivileged audiences who can find in French a multiplier of opportunities,” he said Wednesday to the French community in Washington.

He added that he wanted to renovate “the image of French in the United States, which is sometimes perhaps seen as elitist”.

After General de Gaulle in 1960, Emmanuel Macron therefore chose to stop in New Orleans. He should not fail to stroll through the streets of “NoLa”, probably in the “Vieux Carré”, or “French Quarter”, the very lively historic center of this city, whose population is overwhelmingly African-American.

“We have a history in New Orleans and important things to say on the spot which concern both our history and what we want to do for the future,” said the Élysée.

birthplace of jazz

The Head of State will therefore “celebrate a Franco-American heritage”, but also “pay tribute to the resilience of a great American city” bereaved by Hurricane Katrina which had killed more than 1,800 people and billions of people. dollars of damage in 2005.

Interviews are thus planned with “companies committed to energy and climate issues”, according to the presidency. Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna and Louisiana Governor John Edwards must also sign an agreement on energy transition in this “extremely proactive” gas and oil state in the eyes of Paris.

Accompanied by film director Claude Lelouch and dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Emmanuel Macron will also meet actors from cultural life in this city, the cradle of jazz, the day after a gala dinner at the White House hosted by the virtuoso pianist Jon Batiste, from a musical family in New Orleans.

On Thursday, during a visit overflowing with diplomatic affection, Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden displayed their unity over Ukraine, demonstrating their desire to seek a solution to the war together, and smoothed over the economic disputes that had chanted preparing for their tete-a-tete in the Oval Office.

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