President Macron Inaugurates the French Dual Language Fund for Bilingual Education in US Public Schools

On September 20, 2017, President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France inaugurated the French Dual Language Fund during a ceremony at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

The program featured a powerful bilingual performance by students from The Boerum Hill School for International Studies to raise awareness of the child refugee crisis, and anthems of the French Republic and the United States of America sung by students from The Carroll School––P.S. 58. President Macron addressed the audience with an inspiring speech in which he underscored the importance of bilingualism in our increasingly globalized world as a means to bring people closer together and to help us understand one another.

Read President Macron's full speech in French here. Watch President Macron's speech in English here. Watch Altert! / Alertez ! preformed by students from The Boerum Hill School here.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is dedicated to making high-quality bilingual education accessible to students of all backgrounds across the US. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, the French Dual Language Fund has raised $1.4 million of our goal of $2 million over the next five years. Additional support will enable us to expand the impact of bilingual education nationwide.

For more information about how you can contribute to the expansion of French Dual Language Programs in US public schools, please contact:

Karl Cogard, Education Attaché, U.S. 
(202) 944-6031

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy would like to thank our sponors for their generous support of the French Dual Language Fund: Chanel, Inc., BIC, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Alfred and Jane Ross Foundation, AXA, Best Buy, the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique, and Whole Foods.

Students from The Carroll School–-P.S. 58

President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic