The French American Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 20th
posted June 2, 2006
French American Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 20th anniversary
on May 31st with a reception and gala dinner held at the Fairmont
Olympic Hotel. Special guests included his Excellency, Jean-David
Levitte, Ambassador of France, the
honorable Frédéric Desagneaux, Consul General
of France in San Francisco, as well as congressman Jim McDermott.
A couple hours prior to the reception, Mr. Levitte
took part in the Seattle International Film Festival where he
introduced the movie “La Maison de Nina” to a special
audience of 400 high school students to whom he emphasized the
responsibility and necessity, as American citizens,
to be open and understanding of foreign countries and cultures.
During the gala dinner, François Ladsous, Deputy Director,
retraced 20 years of FACCPNW history while Jack Cowan acknowledged
all the past presidents of the non-profit: Bertrand Pelletier,
Michel Robert, Anne Brixner, Bill King, Susan Gates and Marry
Sisson. Finally, his Excellency, Jean-David Levitte,
reiterated the strong ties holding France and the United States
together, despite their occasional differences. He also awarded
Susan Gates with the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National
du Mérite and Michel Robert and George Lyden with the
medals of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.
The event was sponsored in parts by
Safran and Areva.
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