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Visit to New York and Washington, D.C., by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian from July 3 to 6

Publié le July 1, 2015
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visits the United States

On July 3 and 4, the minister will be in New York. He will mark the passage of the Hermione on the Fourth of July, and will preside over a ceremony at which American WWII veterans who distinguished themselves during the Liberation of France will receive the insignia of the Legion of Honor.

On July 6, he will travel to Washington to meet his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. They will review the strategic partnerships between the two allied nations, which are both engaged in counterterrorism efforts. The minister will also meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and he will take part in a round table discussion at the German Marshall Fund on the future of French-American cooperation on defense and security.

Indicative program of the Defense Minister’s visit

Items in italics are not open to the press

(New York and Washington, D.C. = Paris -6 hours)



Friday, July 3

- 04:30pm – Arrival at Pier 15

- 05:00pm – Beginning of Legion of Honor ceremony honoring American veterans

- 05:10pm – Speech by Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

- 05:35pm – Bestowal of insignia

- 06:10pm – Open mike

- 06:30pm – Tour of the Hermione

Saturday, July 4

- 11:00am – Arrival at the Intrepid and boarding of Coast Guard vessel

- 12:00pm – Fleet review in front of the Statue of Liberty

Cannon salute – aerial flyover

- 01:00pm – Boarding of the Intrepid



Monday, July 6

- 09:45am – Arrival at the Pentagon

Bilateral meeting between the French Defense Minister and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

- 11:00am – Joint press conference

- 11:30am – End of press conference

- 01:00pm – Meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice at the White House

- 04:00pm – Lecture/discussion at the German Marshall Fund on the future of French-American cooperation on defense and security

Press Contacts

Office of the Defense Minister
Press and Communication Office
Tel. 33/1-42-19-67-16 – Fax 33/1-42-19-41-71

Delegation for Defense Information and Communication (DICoD)
Press Center
Tel. 33/1-44-42-54-02 – Fax 33/1-44-42-41-22

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