Diplomatic Dialogue reception with Anne-Laure Desjonquères, Consul General of France in Atlanta
Join us for a Diplomatic Dialogue reception with Anne-Laure Desjonquères, Consul General of France in Atlanta. After an hour of networking, Consul General Anne-Laure Desjonquères will discuss the work of the French Consulate, her experiences during her career postings and her observations on global affairs with Mark Pierson, ACIR's Director of Diplomatic Outreach and Strategic Development. The reception attendees (limited to 35) will then have the opportunity to ask the Consul General questions. Remarks are off-the-record and not recorded but social media posts are encouraged.
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
171 17th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
About Consul General Anne-Laure Desjonquères
Anne-Laure Desjonquères is a career diplomat who joined the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEFA) in 2006.
Before being appointed Consul General of France in Atlanta, she was the head of the division of European Union law and international economic law in the Legal Affairs Department of the MEFA since 2018.
She served as head of the Press & Communication Office at the French Embassy in New Delhi (India) from 2015 to 2017, and as political advisor on domestic and African policy issues at the French Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) from 2012 to 2015.
She was also a desk officer in the Strategic Affairs Department, in charge of nuclear disarmament issues from 2010 to 2012, and a legal consultant in European Union law in the Legal Affairs Department from 2006 to 2009.
A former student of the French National School of Administration (ENA) and of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), she graduated from Sciences Po in Paris and from the University of Paris-IV Sorbonne (Master’s Degree in History of International Relations).
Anne-Laure Desjonquères is 43 years old. She is married and has 3 children.
France-State of Georgia Economic Relations
There are approximately 200 French facilities operating in Georgia. These French-affiliated companies employ more than 23,300 Georgians.
EXPORTS: In 2021, Georgia exports to France totaled $498.9 million. France is the 20th largest export market for Georgia. Top exports from Georgia to France include civilian aircraft, motor vehicles, insecticides, tall oil, and cyclic hydrocarbons. Georgia leads the nation in the export of the following goods to France: tall oil, kraft paper, and acrylic polymers.
IMPORTS: In 2021, Georgia imports from France totaled $2.99 billion. France ranks 13th among Georgia’s importer nations. Top imports from France to Georgia include powered aircraft, medicaments, immunological products, turbojets, and ethyl alcohol.
U.S.-France Bilateral Economic Relations
France is a member of the European Union and is the United States’ third-largest trading partner in Europe (after Germany and the U.K.). Trade and investment between the United States and France are strong. In 2019, the United States and France traded more than $138 billion in goods and services. U.S. exports to France include industrial chemicals, aircraft and engines, electronic components, telecommunications, computer software, computers and peripherals, analytical and scientific instrumentation, medical instruments and supplies, and broadcasting equipment. The United States is the top destination for French investment and the United States is the largest foreign investor in France. The United States and France have a bilateral convention on investment and a bilateral tax treaty addressing, among other things, double taxation and tax evasion.
U.S.-France International Relations
The United States and France established diplomatic relations in 1778 following the United States’ declaration of independence from Great Britain, and France provided key assistance to the United States as an ally during its war of independence. The Vichy Government of France severed diplomatic relations with the United States in 1942 during World War II; relations were normalized in 1944. The United States and France are among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (P5).
The U.S. and France work closely on many issues, most notably in combating terrorism, efforts to stem the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and on regional problems, including in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Central Asia. As one of the P5+1 powers and as a leader of the European Union, France is working to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. France is a major contributor to the Defeat-ISIL Coalition. In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, France supports U.S. engagement in the peace process. France is one of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) top five troop contributors.
Diplomatic Dialogue 2023 Sponsor
Beer And Food Sponsor
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology
Center for International Business Education and Research
Georgia Institute of Technology