The program for the fourth annual France-Atlanta, a joint initiative of the French consulate general and the Georgia Institute of Technology, was announced at the Alliance Française in Midtown the evening of Feb. 26.
Titled “France-Atlanta: Together Towards Innovation,” the event is to take place this year from Oct. 23-Nov. 10. As in the past, it is designed to strengthen French-American cooperation in the Southeast.
Denis Barbet, the French consul general, underscored in his remarks to the assembled sponsors and partners that his government encouraged partnerships between U.S. and French companies with the highest research and development tax credit in the world.
He pointed to France’s 71 competitive clusters and its $50 billion of investment in research and higher education as underpinning the country’s commitment to entrepreneurialism.
The following events are in the planning stage: a workshop of technology as a driver of economic development to be held at Georgia Tech; the signing of a medical agreement between Atlanta’s sister city of Toulouse, France, and Emory University;
an aerospace trade mission of French aerospace suppliers and manufacturers; a seminar on investment opportunities in France and the Southeast; a play based on the “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land,” by Aimé Césaire, the French author, poet and politician from Martinique; a concert with the Orchestre National de Lorraine and street performances by the French dance troupe, G. Bistaki Co.
Yves Berthelot, vice provost for international affairs at Georgia Tech, represented the university at the event. Dr. Berthelot also serves as president of Georgia Tech-Lorraine, the university’s campus and research center located in Metz, France.
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