, consul general of France in Chicago, will discuss “France and the Future of Europe” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Washington University in St. Louis.
The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall.
Immediately following the lecture, Paul — on behalf of the French government — formally will recognize WUSTL alumna Elizabeth Gentry Sayad as a Chevalier (knight) of L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The honor recognizes major contributions to French culture and education, both in France and throughout the rest of the world.
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Paul assumed the position of consul general of France in Chicago on June 4, 2010. He previously served as deputy head of the French embassy in Berlin (2007-10) and as consul general in Munich (2006-07).
Paul joined the Foreign Service in 1984. He first was posted in Cameroon as second secretary at the French embassy in Yaoundé (1984-87), before returning to Paris to work on German affairs. He served two years in East Berlin at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-1990). Other postings have taken him to Hamburg, Vienna, Tokyo and Bordeaux.
Elizabeth Gentry Sayad
Sayad, who lives in St. Louis, is chair emeritus of Les Amis (The Friends), a French Colonial Heritage preservationist group she founded in 1994, following the Great Flood of ’93.
The organization supports the entire “Creole Corridor” on both sides of the Mississippi River — a region currently in the nomination process for designation as an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sayad is author of A Yankee in Creole Country: The Unfinished Vision of Justus Post in Frontier St. Louis and The Scarlet Thread, a collection of essays on arts and culture.
She earned a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in American culture studies from Washington University, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree. She was awarded a Distinguished Alumna Award from the university in 2000.