Lycée Français de Chicago New Campus Inauguration - Tuesday, September 1st , 2015
Remarks by Consul General of France Vincent Floreani on the occasion of the ribbon cutting ceremony of Lycée Français de Chicago’ new campus. Chicago, IL, September 1st, 2015.
Dear Alderman, dear sponsors, dear Committee members, dear parents, dear faculty staff and students of the Lycée, dear friends,
You are all so great that I don´t know where to start.
This building right behind us is your child, a wonderful one.
Thank you of course to the sponsors. Your generosity helped finance this magnificent campus. And the French Government offered its guaranty for the loan.
Dear Committee members, your continuous dedication, your talents and knowledge, and your determination were instrumental in completing this facility, on time and on budget. You deserve our admiration, all of you. A special thanks to the president of the board, Sharon Langshur, the brilliant captain of this adventure.
Thank you, Alain Weber. You headed the Lycée so wisely during this crucial building time. Thank you also to the former heads of the Lycée, who paved the way for this success. I would like to take the time to recognize Sylvette Nicolini. Welcome and all the best to the new Proviseur, Eric Veteau. We are happy to have you. You have an outstanding tool in your hands to continue this excellent work.
Thank you also to faculty and staff members. I met some of you here last Thursday and you all were impressed by this great new facility. You are right; this is a fantastic and beautiful place.
Dear parents, thank you for your trust in the Lycée. I would also like to thank the different committees which worked so hard to bring about this achievement. Let me mention in particular Doug Lyons, the Chair of the Facilities committee.
This school is one of the finest French Schools in the US. It offers the best of the French and the American education systems. It helps raise young people, your children and mine, who will leave this school as citizens of the world, as bridges between cultures. The bilingual and trilingual education and culture they will acquire here will be invaluable assets in our globalized world.
This Lycée greatly contributes to my top priorities, which are to further promote better understanding and strengthen the relations between the US and France, in this wonderful city of Chicago and in the Midwest. Thanks to all of you for helping me with this. In turn, this Lycée plays a great role in helping to make Chicago a global city.
Since we are thinking internationally, I´d also like to mention the Lycée’s commitment to preserving the planet. This building was designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emission. In less than 100 days, Paris will host the United Nations summit on climate change, with the participation of 195 countries and 40 000 delegates from all over the world. What is at stake is the survival of humankind. Everyone has a role to play to save the environment, for there is no planet B. This building is our contribution to protecting the environment.
Happy 20th birthday to the Lycée, to our community. Welcome to this new home!
Long live the new Lycée Français de Chicago!
Et bonne rentrée à tous !