First official visit of the Governor of Florida to France

From the 14th to the 20th of June, Gov. Rick Scott along with a large Florida delegation composed of entrepreneurs and Florida representatives, was in France for the 50th International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, which took place from June 17 to June 23.
This trip allowed the Governor to meet with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, in the presence of Florida Senator Nancy Detert and the Consul General of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve. During the exchange, the Minister and the Governor highlighted the large and active French businesses and French community in Florida, contributing to its dynamism.

The trade mission, led by the Florida Governor in France last June, was set up by the organization for development and economic promotion, Enterprise Florida, which brought on a very important Florida delegation to the Bourget air show. The dense program of this trade mission included several presentations and receptions organized by the Embassy of the United States in France, the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris (AmCham), the American Club of Paris, and the MEDEF.


Indeed, the week-long trade mission of Gov. Scott in Paris was a large-scale trip, since more than 100 people from different sectors accompanied him throughout this visit.

At the International Paris Air Show, where more than 500,000 people rushed, a commensurate Florida pavilion was raised. On the stand, there were more than a dozen businesses of the aeronautics sector, implanted in Florida.

While adding aviation, defense, aerospace, as well as training centers, more than 80 entrepreneurs attended the event. Representatives of four different counties, as well as the leaders of economic organizations in Florida joined them.

Miami Dade’s Beacon Council, led by the Mayor, had his part of organizing business affairs at "France Amériques," in the heart of Paris.
To underline the strong relations tying Miami-Dade county with numerous French businesses, Beacon Council took the opportunity of this mission to communicate about the decision of French business ATR to move its North American headquarters to Miami Springs, one of the cities bordering the very active Miami International Airport.

Upon his return, the Governor equally announced that French business from Lyon, "Vision Systems," chose Melbourne to open its North American subsidiary. The business proposes different types of equipment, from solar protection to surveillance video, to businesses in the aeronautics sector. It will invest more than one million dollars in Brevard county and will create 40 jobs in the three years following its installation.

While the industrial and economic attractiveness of Florida was highlighted very much during the week, the Florida Association of Realtors, and the Federation of Real Estate Professionals of the Peninsula, equally showed off the numerous assets of the state, to their French counterpart (FNAIM).
According to a 2012 report, conducted by "Florida Realtors," the French would buy between 5 and 6 percent of real estate acquired by foreign investors in different regions of Florida such as Miami-Miami Beach, Orlando, Kissimmee, Palm Beach, and Brandon-Sarasota-Venice.

Whether it be in terms of the population or in terms of economics, France is greatly participating in the development of the State of Florida, creating a strong bridge reinforcing the whole transatlantic exchange. It’s on this theme that exchanges were carried out between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, and the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott. (Photo)

Near the city of Le Mans, France, the Governor was able to symbolically address these links by attending an event celebrating the 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage in Florida.
Since 2012, this consulate celebrates throughout the Sunshine State, the 450 years of the French presence in Florida and is part of "Viva Florida 500".

Historical relations are very well maintained on both sides of the Atlantic, and they thrive today, thanks to the actions of French and Floridians alike!

Article published on July 3, 2013

Last modified on 04/07/2013

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