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Bastille Day 2018 in Cleveland
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. Among other activities, a Bastille Day Celebration was held in Wade Oval in University Circle on July 14, 2018 with French food and music. It was coordinated by the FACC - The French American Chamber of Commerce - Ohio Chapter.
Cleveland and Rouen leaders at Bastille Day 2018
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Mayor Yvon Robert and Rouen delegation visit ClevelandRouen 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.
Coat of Arms of Rouen France
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!)
Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives
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A Little Taste of Normandy
French Culinary and Nutrition Week
November 26-29, 2012
Last autumn, the Seine-Maritime Chamber of skilled Crafts took part in the official visit to Cleveland OH by a French delegation from Rouen, Cleveland's Sister City.
During the visit there were many discussions about ways to promote business exchanges between France and Cleveland.
One area of particular interest was the rapidly growing health and restaurant industries in Northeast Ohio. Thus was born the Normandy Culinary and Health Event in Cleveland.
Delegation from Rouen France with Larry Miller
Delegation from Rouen France visits Cleveland City Hall
November 26, 2012
Larry Miller, Mr. Stéphane Bordier,
Valarie McCall and Mr. Dominique Moulard
The week included a nutrition presentation to healthcare professionals at the Cleveland Clinic, cooking demonstrations by award-winning French chefs at the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center just off Public Square and various opportunities to sample and learn about Rouen food and cooking techniques.
A Little Taste of Normandy French Culinary and Nutrition Week in Cleveland
One of the highlights of the week was Cooking Demonstration by Master Chef Alexis Caquelard and his apprentice Anthony Coufourier at the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center.
Anthony Coufourier, Ms Carole Angenot and Master Chef Alexis Caquelard
Rouen Mayor Valerie Fourneyron and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at Cleveland City Hall July 2, 2009
Rouen Mayor Valerie Fourneyron and delegation
Visit Cleveland July 2009
France was the featured nation at the 2009 Cleveland Home & Garden Show
Photos from the IX Center
Barb and Bob 'Hoolihan' Wells in Paris
|Organizations and Resources for French in Cleveland|
Cleveland and Rouen are sister cities. Mayor Frank Jackson led the Cleveland delegation to France to meet the Rouen delegation. The official signing took place in summer 2008
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Ed Hollo and Cindy Hazelton from the French American Chamber of Commerce of Northern Ohio at the 2009 Home & Garden Show
The French-American Chamber of Commerce of Northern Ohio is a chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States.
The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization whose mission is to encourage the trade of goods and services, promote investment, provide information for business expansion, coordinate the efforts of international agencies, and foster global understanding between France and the Northeast Ohio area.
Where French is spoken
In the darkest blue areas, French is the native language. Lighter blue it is the administrative language. Even lighter blue is the secondary or non-official language. The green areas have francophone minorities.
France is a member of the G8 group of leading industrialized nations and is ranked as the sixth largest economy by nominal GDP. France joined 11 other EU members to launch the euro on January 1, 1999, with euro coins and banknotes completely replacing the French franc in early 2002.
Josh Knerly, honorary French consul in Cleveland, said "France is a great place if you want to be in business in Europe."
Josh Knerly, honorary French consul in Cleveland
Regions of France with Paris highlighted
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Arc de Triomphe on Champs Elysees (from car window)
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|French History and Culture|
The Storming of the Bastille - July 14, 1789
1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state.
Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations.
In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999.
At present, France is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU's military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy.
(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)
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Honorary French consul in Cleveland Josh Knerly addresses
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