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France’s President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to visit New Orleans on Friday and will mark the latest visit by a French head-of-state to visit the city in nearly 50 years, according to an announcement by the French consulate.
Macron plans to visit the Big Easy for the final leg of his visit to the U.S. and will include a walking tour of the French Quarter, a meeting with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, among other events, according to nola.com.
Consulate officials told the newspaper that the purpose of the visit is to address issues such as climate change, cultural affairs, in addition to strengthening ties between Louisiana and France.
Macron’s visit to New Orleans is the latest visit to the city since former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing came in 1976, according to the consulate.
The newspaper reported that Macron’s visit will start in Jackson Square, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell will greet him, followed by a walk through the French Quarter and then a meeting with Edwards at the Historic New Orleans Collection to discuss climate change. Edwards and Macron are expected to sign an agreement to add a French energy transition expert to the governor’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, according to nola.com.
The French consulate in New Orleans is located at 909 Poydras Street, Suite 1450. For more information, visit the consulate’s website.
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