On July 10, 2012, Ambassador Francois Delattre of the French Republic graciously welcomed the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC and its members to an evening at his official residence to deliver an insightful briefing on the two nations’ partnership and cooperation on shared global challenges. US-France relations have been cemented during the current, volatile period of financial crisis and globalization. Amidst the changing economic and social landscape, the bond between the United States and France has never been tighter, according to the Ambassador.
Ambassador Delattre imparted three crucial messages to the eager audience. First, French-American relations are united by shared values. Both nations have committed to freedom and democracy, which have enabled the allies to lead the battle against al-Qaeda and terrorism across the world. Additionally, the two powers are key actors in the economic financial crisis within the international arena through participating in the G-8 and G-20 forums. Furthermore, bilateral investments reveal evidence of their close relationship. The United States is the premier foreign investor in France while France expands its scientific partnerships and research with the United States.
Secondly, Ambassador Delattre emphasized, “We will be on the winning side of globalization.” With a growing population, expanding innovation, and booming entrepreneurship, France’s vitality is distinguished among European countries. Despite the economic downturn, he chose to recognize the success story of the euro itself. Since its adoption thirteen years ago, the euro has become a powerhouse currency, which has created over twelve million jobs, promoted American exports to Europe and has a growing currency exchange rate.
Ambassador Delattre concluded with a thoughtful point about what France hopes to achieve in the future, to build economic legislation and promote socioeconomic convergence so that France will be victorious against the Eurocrisis.
The key to US-France relations has always been rooted in the values which the two nations share. Their morals have united them to confront the challenges the world faces. Ultimately, both will be on the “winning side” of globalization.
The audience retired with Ambassador Delattre’s confident assurance: “We bet on America. If we bet on you, and you bet on us, you can bet on our partnership.”
Vive la France.