July 4, 2009
The French-American Foundation, together with its sister organization in Paris, was created 33 years ago under the patronage of American
President Gerald Ford and French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in order to strengthen the French-American partnership and advance the
dialogue between leaders in both countries. The Foundation brings together French and American leaders to participate in programs, conferences, professional exchanges, and study tours designed to encourage the exchange of best practices from both sides of the Atlantic. Our programs focus on leadership, social and cultural policy, and defense.
We are pleased to share our current projects and the success we have had during the past two years. The Young Leaders program has grown in scale and influence, bringing together 40 participants from the United States and France for the first time. Our work in the area of social policy includes developing a library of multimedia content to address issues around equality of opportunity in education and employment, and our cultural policy programs continue to encourage institutional partnerships and professional collaboration in programming, policy-making, research and scholarship. The French-American Foundation completed the first of two symposia addressing media coverage of immigration. The symposia
provide media professionals with the opportunity to share concerns and best practices related to issues of immigration in Europe and North America.