France‘s ambassador to the United States on May 26 will begin a two-day visit to Atlanta aimed at advancing business and educational partnerships.

Francois Delattre‘s first trip here will include meetings with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Institute of Technology President G.P. “Bud” Peterson.

With Mr. Reed, the ambassador will discuss ongoing France-Atlanta events and commercial relations between the two places. About 100 French affiliates in Georgia employ 15,500 people. They will also discuss prospects for cooperation between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Greater Roissy Airport near Paris.

Mr. Delattre will give a lecture on French-American relations at Georgia Tech, which has had a campus in France’s Lorraine region for more than 20 years. In 2010, Georgia Tech Lorraine announced the $30 million Lafayette Institute, which will focus on commercializing research in optoelectronics.

The ambassador will also present High Museum Director Michael Shapiro with a medal honoring his prominent role in the three-year Louvre-Atlanta partnership from 2006-09.

Mr. Delattre’s predecessor, Pierre Vimont, came to Atlanta often during his six-year tenure. An estimated 5,000 people of French descent call metro Atlanta home.

Mr. Delattre took up his post in February after serving as French ambassador to Canada for three years.

Contact Claire Collobert at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta by email at or call her at (404) 295-1682 for more information.

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