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Delegation from Rouen, France visits Cleveland

Mayor Yvon Robert and Rouen delegation visit Cleveland
Cleveland City Hall
July 12, 2018

Rouen is located on the River Seine in the north of France. It is the capital of the region of Normandy. There has been a Cleveland connection since the days of World War I when Professor George Crile was stationed in Rouen. Back in Cleveland, he was one of the co-founders of the Cleveland Clinic, which today has an agreement with the Rouen University Hospital.

Rouen also has a history with Cleveland companies such as Lubrizol. In 2008 a formal Sister City relationship was established between Cleveland and Rouen.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this relationship, a delegation from Rouen, led by Mayor Yvon Robert, visited Cleveland over the Bastille Day weekend. (The group was en route back to France as the French soccer team won the World Cup!)

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert


Among other activities, a Bastille Day Celebration was held in Wade Oval in University Circle on July 14, 2018 with French food and music and a visit by the Rouen delegation. It was coordinated by the FACC - The French American Chamber of Commerce - Ohio Chapter.

The delegation also met with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in the Red Room and Mayor's Room at City Hall. Watch the video of the Mayors meeting.



Cleveland Chief Valarie McCall spoke about the Sister City relationship of Rouen and Cleveland.



The Mayor was asked about the Flag of Cleveland and Martin Hauserman, Chief City Archivist, Cleveland City Council, explained its origin and meanings.



Enjoy these other photos from that meeting.

Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives in Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall

Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives


Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives in Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall


Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives in Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall


Mayor Jackson and Mayor Robert with chefs from Rouen in Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall

Mayor Jackson and Mayor Robert with chefs from Rouen


Mayor Jackson with Madame and Mayor Robert in Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall

Mayor Jackson with Madame and Mayor Robert


Rouen Mayor Robert and Cleveland Mayor Jackson in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall

Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall


Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall


Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall


Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall


Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall

Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives
in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall


Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall


Explaining the Flag of Cleveland in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall

Explaining the Flag of Cleveland in Red Room in Cleveland City Hall


Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives in Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall

In Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall


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