Friendships are a treasured thing in Washington. And the bittersweet nature of those friendships is that we must often say goodbye as people move away for new opportunities. It was an honor for me and my husband, Jehan-Christophe, to host a going away party for two of our dear friends, French Ambassador François Delattre and his wife Sophie, who will be moving to New York to represent their country at the United Nations.
François and Sophie will be dearly missed in Washington. Relationships are what keep this city running and they were an important part of this community for more than 15 years. Their absence will be felt by many as evidenced by the many sweet goodbyes I’ve witnessed.
The Franco-American relationship is unique and July is a special month in which we both celebrate independence and friendship between our countries. Even though they will no longer be in Washington, I know the many friendships that the Ambassador and his wife have built in this city over the years will endure. I wish them all the best and look forward to reconnecting with them in New York.