French ambassador visits Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Francois Delattre, the ambassador of France to the United States, is in Louisiana for the first time since taking office this year.
The ambassador's trip includes Thursday meetings with state government officials - including Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu - to discuss the status of French in Louisiana
and how the language can help boost tourism and business opportunities in the state.
On Friday, he is expected to visit three of the state's 29 public schools that offer French language immersion programs, including Lycee Francais de La Nouvelle-Orleans, which just opened this year.
He will also participate in a business symposium at Tulane University that is being presented by the Gulf Coast chapter of the French American Chamber of Commerce.