Visit by Laurent Fabius to the United States (May 11 to 13, 2014)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, visited Chicago and then Washington from May 11 to 13.
In Chicago, the minister’s visit was focused on the promotion of France’s attractiveness, the expertise of its entrepreneurs in the United States and French culture. He attended the French Innovation Week and met with the French business community as well as American business leaders. He also visited the University of Chicago.
In Washington, the minister’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided an opportunity for an exchange of views on all international issues.
The minister also met actors from the tourism industry, and the American media. He announced the launch of the “Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative” aimed at increasing the mobility of students, researchers and research professors between France and the United States.
He also attended the annual conference of the American Jewish Committee, during which he reaffirmed France’s determination to fight against all forms of anti-Semitism and to contribute to the establishment of peace, security and stability in the Middle East.
Lastly, the minister delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution on the topic of “France in an Age of Geopolitical Upheaval.”
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, was in Chicago, the United States’ third largest city, to promote the economic attractiveness of France and exchanges in the areas of trade, culture and tourism.
Laurent Fabius notably attended a demonstration of Valeo’s smartphone-controlled parking assistance system and met with representatives from the French and American business community.
This visit falled within the framework of the first edition of French Innovation Week, organized by the Consulate General of France in Chicago in partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce and featuring various events highlighting in particular:
French design and gastronomic expertise, with stands at the “French Market,” the largest covered market in the American Midwest;
innovation, with a presentation on “groundbreaking technology in the automotive industry”;
the quality of education and scientific research, on the occasion of the “French-American Science Festival,” featuring high-level conferences on climate change and the Higgs boson, as well as a Science Day for young people from schools throughout the city;
the cultural and tourism appeal of France, for which the Chicago Art Institute is an excellent showcase.