FRANCE SPECIAL AFFINITY FOR SAN FRANCISCO recalled by Frédéric Desagneaux on eve of Bastille Day

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As French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom unfurl the Flag of France a crowd of City Hall wedding celebrants gathered below for a special moment of newlywed embrace under the world symbol of young lovers.
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BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

On the eve of Fête de la Fédération, French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux recalled the special affinity France has had for with San Francisco since this City was born, acknowledging San Francisco as America’s most beautiful city.

“Oh yes, because our relationship is a longstanding one,” Desagneaux told the Sentinel following French flag raising ceremonies over San Francisco City Hall.

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“The French presence here in the City goes back to the early days of San Francisco.

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French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux, left, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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Charlotte Schultz, Chief of Protocol for the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco, hosts dignitary reception.

“There were a group of French pioneers who came in the mid-1900s. They were followed by several waves of French immigrants.

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“Working in all areas of life and areas of activities, expecially the technology sector.

“Where in San Francisco so many people live with the diversity of the City and for the opportunities it offers. They are very pleased to live here and to contribute.

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“San Francisco is, in my opinion, the finest, the most beautiful city in the United States. It has some European flavor as well and it has this cache, this authenticity that we appreciate in Europe and especially in Paris.

“And it is the Sister City of Paris so this partnership is very fruitful and very, very enjoyable.

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“Also the French community is growing every year in numbers in the Bay Area.

“Now in the Bay Area we are about about 14,000 French men and women,” reported Desagneaux.

Fête de la Fédération, known in English as Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of a medieval fortress and prison known as Bastille on July 14, 1789.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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