Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard received the Charbonnier Award of the Federation of Alliances Franaises from Franois Bujon de l’Estang, France’s ambassador to the U.S., at a ceremony held at the residence of the French consul general in Atlanta Oct. 16.

      During his two terms as lieutenant governor, Mr. Howard has promoted the teaching of French and other foreign languages in Georgia’s elementary schools and studied French at the Alliance Franaise d’Atlanta.

      The award is named after Daniel Charbonnier, a former president of the U.S. Federation of Alliances Franaises, and is given by the international Federation, which is comprised of more than 1,000 chapters in 133 countries, to outstanding individuals who have fostered the its goals.

      The annual meeting of the Federation was held for the first time in Atlanta at the Colony Square Hotel last week drawing some 150 representatives from across the U.S., Canada, France and Mexico.

      Mr. Howard was elected the state’s ninth Lieutenant Governor in 1990 and won a second four-year term in 1994.  He is a member of the board of the Alliance Franaise d’Atlanta.

      He will join the Atlanta law firm of Alston & Bird upon completing his term as Lieutenant Governor at the end of the year.

      For more information about Alliance activities, call (404) 875-1211.