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INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – The Ambassador of France will begin a visit to Indiana on Thursday. The International Center says Philippe Etienne will meet with Governor Eric Holcomb to discuss Indiana-France business relations, and his trip will also include a stop in West Lafayette on Friday.
France has an important relationship with Indiana. The country currently ranks third in employment creation among foreign companies in Indiana. French companies create almost 31,000 jobs. According to the International Center, Indiana exports around $ 1.4 billion to France and imports $ 2.8 billion.
During his visit, Etienne will participate in a roundtable on French language programs with the International Center, Alliance Francaise and the International School of Indiana.
“We are honored that Ambassador Étienne is visiting the Hoosier State to highlight the positive business and cultural ties between France and Indiana,” said Martin Baier, chairman of the board of the International Center and Honorary Consul of France in Indiana, in a statement to Inside INdiana Company. “The International Center prides itself on enabling these global connections on so many levels.”
On Friday, the ambassador is scheduled to meet with several Hoosier companies doing business in France before heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In the afternoon Etienne will visit Fort Ouiatenon Park in West Lafayette, which was an early French settlement in 1717. He will also meet with the Mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette.