France honored on 217th anniversary of Bastille Day
French flag unfurled over San Francisco City Hall by Mayor Gavin
and French Consulate General Frederic Desagneaux.
By Pat Murphy
July 14, 2006
Today officially became French-American Friendship Day in San
Francisco as the flag of France waved over City Hall some 217
years after Bastille Prison was stormed to break free a French
French community dignitaries gathered in the International Room
of City Hall prior to raising the French Flag.
France - America's first ally - was represented for French-American
Friendship Day with officials gathered including Tom Horn, chairman
of the San Francisco-Paris Sister City Committee; Frederic Desagneaux,
French Consulate General stationed in San Francisco; Dalal Desagneaux,
wife of the Consulate General; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom;
and Andre Fournier, San Francisco President of Confrerie de la
Chaine des Rotisseurs.
French Consulate General Frederic Desagneaux pointed to a long
history of French presence in San Francisco.
"We are celebrating French-San Francisco friendship and
history," began Desagneaux.
"The French presence here goes back to old times being in
the City but we are looking forward to the future as our community
is ever growing.
"There have been many French in the history of San Francisco...
which we have many occasions to witness and to celebrate today.
"Also our schools expanding. The French... have just purchased
a new campus here in the City and the companies are establishing
headquarters here in San Francisco.
"As you know, when the mayor of Paris was
here a couple of months ago he really decided to give a new
impetus to corporations establishing here and we are looking forward
to those developments."
Glasses were overturned, broken, and contents spilled - three
times - as anticipated formalities began, by both French and American