French Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Pierre Vimont, will visit Randolph-Macon’s
campus on October 31, 2008 and will conduct an hour-long special class that will
begin at 2:15 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, located on Henry Street. This special
event, which is sponsored by Randolph-Macon College and the World Affairs Council,
will be open to the R-MC community and the general public. Any faculty member wishing
to include class students at the event is encouraged to do so, and any Randolph-Macon
student interested in attending and participating in the question and answer session
His Excellency will be speaking on the international bonds between France and the
United States, followed by a 30-minute question and answer period.
About Ambassador Vimont:
His Excellency Vimont was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States by
President Nicolas Sarkozy on August 1, 2007. Prior to his present appointment, he
served as chief of staff to the minister of foreign affairs, a position he had held
since 2002. He served as ambassador and representative of France to the European
Union from 1999 to 2002.
Pierre Vimont joined the Foreign Service in 1977. He was posted to London, where
he was first secretary from 1978 to 1981. He then spent the next four years with
the Press and Information Office at the Quai d’Orsay. From 1985 to 1986 he was seconded
to the Institute for East-West Security in New York.
Returning to Europe, he served as second counselor with the Permanent Representation
of France to the European Communities in Brussels (1986-1990), and was subsequently
chief of staff to the minister delegate for European affairs from 1990 to 1993.
He went on to serve as director for development and scientific, technical and educational
cooperation and then for cultural, scientific and technical relations. He was deputy
director general of the entire Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations Department
from 1996 to 1997 and then director of European Cooperation from 1997 to 1999.
Born in 1949, His Excellency Vimont holds a degree in law and is a graduate of the
Institute of Political Studies and the National School of Administration (ENA).
About the World Affairs Council:
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren currently serves on the prestigious board of directors
for The World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond, which was launched in 1996 and
has grown steadily in membership and public acclaim. Its members are articulate,
well-informed and strongly motivated and care deeply about international events
and U.S. foreign policy. They deliver their mission, “to educate and inform citizens
of Central Virginia about the importance of international affairs and to bring them
into direct contact with influential personalities in the field,” by provoking thought,
eliciting opinion and generating interest in foreign policy, giving voice to their
members’ opinions, interests and concerns.
For more information, please contact the R-MC Provost’s Office at (804) 752-7268.
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