The Republic of France will establish a consular presence in Nashville.
France’s Consul General for Atlanta, Pascal Le Deunff, announced Thursday night that his country will open a new facility in Nashville.
“This consular agency in Nashville is a sign of the growing number of French citizens living here and a growing interest in Tennessee among French companies,” Le Deunff said.
The Consul General made the surprise announcement at a reception honoring Sen. Doug Henry, hosted by the Nashville chapter of the Alliance Française, Sister Cities of Nashville and the Vanderbilt University Department of French and Italian.
“This is mighty good news for Nashville, for Tennessee and for France,” Henry said. “France is so important in the fields of human endeavor.
“I am especially enthusiastic about the potential for the economies of Tennessee and France to complement one another.”
Officially, the French will locate an "honorary consulate" in the Music City. In the parlance of diplomacy, honorary consulates are consulates in locations deemed important enough — because of economics, tourism or because of a significant expatriate population — by a foreign power to have an established presence, but which do not merit full-scale diplomatic missions.
Le Deunff will remain in Nashville Friday for planned visits with Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Matthew Kisber; Commissioner of Education, Timothy Webb; as well as the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Vanderbilt University, Richard McCarty.