On June 15, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York celebrated the 5th grade graduation of students from the French-Dual Language programs at PS58 and PS84. Deputy Cultural Counselor Thomas Michelon addressed the students with the following speech.
On June 21, 2016, Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur honored Laurent Dubreuil and Laurent Ferri with French ministerial distinctions which were presented during a ceremony held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
On June 20, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy celebrated the graduation of MS51 and MS256's bilingual program students. These students have followed a bilingual education program in French and English in New York City public schools. Deputy Cultural Counselor Thomas Michelon addressed the students with the following speech.
On June 14, 2016, Michele Amar, Head of the Music Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, opened the first annual France Rocks Summerfest—the largest French music festival in the United States, which includes 30 concerts across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx—with the following remarks. Part of the Paris-New York Tandem transatlantic cultural exchange initiative, France Rocks Summerfest takes place at Lincoln Center Atrium, LPR, MoMA PS1, Pianos, Arlene's Grocery, Drom, National Sawdust Factory, Knitting Factory, Matte Projects, and Baby's All Right and many other venues.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault Speaks About the Value of Literature at the Cultural Services
On June 9, 2016, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault visited the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York on the occasion of the Franco-American Children’s Book Publishers Conference.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur welcomed guests to the opening night cocktail reception for the 9th annual Films on the Green Festival which coincided with the launch of the first Paris-New York Tandem at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. The reception was followed by a screening of Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" in Central Park.
On Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur delivered the following words to honor the Philharmonie de Paris. The evening included a conversation between Laurent Bayle, General Director of La Philharmonie – Cité de la musique, and Victoria Sanger, Vice-President of the Education Health and Arts Foundation. Patricia Barbizet, Chairwoman of the Board of La Philharmonie - Cité de la musique, also delivered introductory remarks. The event took place at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur awarded three school principals the distinction of Chevalier in the French Order of Palmes Académiques: Anna Cano Amato, Principal of PS 110 The Monitor school; Heather Foster-Mann, Principal of PS 133 William A. Butler School; and Lena Johnson-Barbera, Principal of P.S. 20, The Clinton Hill School.
On Thursday, May 5, Albertine hosted a discussion on how the Righteous of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages lived and rewrote history through civil resistance and rescue with Hanne and Max Liebmann, Nelly T. Hewett, Renée K. Silver, Patrick Cabanel, Peter Grose, and Paul Kutner. Eliane Wauquiez-Motte, Mayor of Le Chambon-Sur- Lignon also
On April 19, 2016, André Vallini, Secrétaire d'Etat auprès du ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international, chargé du Développement et de la Francophonie, presided over a ceremony in which Deborah Hay, Lewis Lapham, and Theodore Feder were each honored with an award for their contributions to French culture.
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Deputy Cultural Counselor Thomas Michelon conferred the medal of the Chevaliers dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques on Cecile Acakpo-Satchivi, Edith Boncompain, Marie Bouteillon and Régine Latortue. The award was presented during a ceremony held at Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
On Wednesday, February 10th, at Albertine, Deputy Cultural Counselor Thomas Michelon shared these few words during a talk about Pierre Bayard's new book "How to Talk About Places You've Never Been". After the speech, Pierre Bayard and Paul Holdengraeber, the director of LIVE from the NYPL, engaged in a public conversation.