Ben in France

At the invitation of the French government, Chris brought Ben, our first ambassador abroad, "back” to Paris for a three-week tour in 2007. In French, Chris first addressed students of the prestigious graduate school, the "Sciences Po";  then spoke at a banquet for French and American diplomats, government officials, and city leaders, rekindling the fires of friendship and commerce that Ben had helped begin during the course of his diplomacy in Paris over two hundred years earlier.

Chris also presented to the students of the Lycée Benjamin Franklin in the city of Orléans, bringing their school’s namesake to life in a unique and unforgettable performance. The US Embassy later called it “a magnificent experience for all fortunate enough to witness it.” Finally, Chris presented two public programs as Ben near Grenoble, in the French Alps.

Benjamin Franklin en français.mp4