Flag-Raising Ceremony at Alliance Française

French Ambassador to the United States Officiated at Flag-Raising  Ceremony at Alliance Française

Left to right: Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General in Chicago, Bryn Vaaler, chair of AFMSP’s board of directors, Christina Selander Bouizouina, Executive Director and Gérard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States.

A ceremony honoring French Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud’s Minnesota visit and Alliance Française’s new location took place on Tuesday Nov 27 2018 in Minneapolis. In addition to Ambassador Araud, other notable attendees included Best Buy CEO and Chairman Hubert Joly. During the ceremony, the French and U.S. flags were raised to celebrate Alliance Française’s new home at The Joly Family Center for International Understanding, located at 227 Colfax Avenue North.

“We were proud to raise the French and American flags side-by-side this afternoon at our new home,” said Bryn Vaaler, chair of AFMSP’s board of directors. “We were especially honored to have the French Ambassador be part of this special occasion since it had been 10 years since a French Ambassador last visited Minnesota.’’

Today’s flag-raising ceremony included speeches from honored guests, followed by a reception in the new French Center.

“We invite our Twin Cities community to join us for French classes and cultural events and to enjoy our free parking at the new location. We offer a welcoming community that attracts Francophones and non-French speakers alike,” added Vaaler.

Alliance Française Mpls-St Paul will be transitioning to its new location over the next year. The acquisition of its new home was made possible with the generous support of Monsieur Hubert Joly, a vital champion of Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul.

“The new French cultural center makes it possible for us to expand our classes and programming, broaden our cultural programs and experiences for all ages, and to continue fostering a global community,” said Christina Selander Bouzouina, AFMSP Executive Director.

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