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Graham Paul

Mr. Graham Paul assumed the position of Consul General of France in Chicago on June 4th, 2010. Prior to the present appointment, Mr. Paul was Deputy Head of the French Embassy in Berlin (2007-2010) and Consul General in Munich (2006-2007).

He was previously detached for two years (2004-2006) as Director for International Relations to the city of Bordeaux.

Mr. Paul joined the Foreign Service in 1984. He was first posted in Cameroon as Second Secretary at the French Embassy in Yaoundé (1984-1987), before returning to Paris to work on German Affairs (1987-1989). He served two years in East-Berlin at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-1990), and was subsequently Deputy Head of the French Consulate General in Hamburg (1991-1994).

He went on to serve as counselor with the Delegation of France to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna (1997-1998). He was then appointed Deputy Director for Strategic Affairs in Paris at the Quai d’Orsay (1998-2001), before spending three years as political Counselor in Tokyo (2001-2004).

Born in 1958, Graham Paul holds a degree in law and is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux.


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Hilton Akron/Fairlawn

France and the U.S. – Economic and Political Initiatives

Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago

REGISTER NOWDeadline: Friday, January 25

Graham Paul will present the following:

Cross investments between France and the U.S.

The U.S. is France’s largest trading partner outside of the EU, but, more importantly, it is the top foreign investor in France and the #1 destination for French investment. Today, around 2,200 US companies are established in France, with over 4,200 locations, employing approximately 450,000 people.

At the same time, 2,800 French subsidiaries are operating in the U.S., representing 550,000 jobs and $170 billon in turnover. Consul General Paul will explain why France is so attractive to American investors and why France is so interested in investing in the U.S

Innovation: France's top priority

France’s commitment to innovation is illustrated by the creation of 71 innovation clusters involving universities, enterprises and research centers. This $45 billion national investment program aims to enhance the competitiveness of the French economy in strategic areas and to implement a number of incentives for business, notably the best research tax credit system in Europe.

France, an "influential power" on the world stage

France, as a founding member of the UN and one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, is a country which is constantly involved in international relations, working to shape the global landscape.

With 163 Embassies around the world and 16 permanent representations in multilateral organizations, France has the second largest diplomatic network, after the U.S.

Consul General Paul will provide a perspective on the foreign policy of France, which is actively engaged in a wide scope of actions and contributions around the globe.

The evolution of Europe and the importance of the transatlantic relationship

Today, the EU is not just the world’s single largest market and the home to 500 million citizens speaking 23 different languages; it is a political body and a global player. Beyond being the top economic partner of the United States, Europe shares with the U.S. a common history, cultural heritage and robust democratic values as well as current challenges which will be addressed by Consult General Paul.

Those attending the evening session may bring comments and questions to address to Consul General Paul at the end of his formal presentation.

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3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)

6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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