The "Chancellerie Consulaire", headed by Chun-Mee CHALINE, takes care of all administrative formalities for the French nationals (passports, elections…) and for Americans going to France (visa).
The Cultural Attaché, Sylvie CHRISTOPHE, promotes the French language and the French culture through cooperation with American Universities, through educational and linguistic exchanges and support to French works in all forms of art.
Véronique LHEMANN and Jane BUCKNER, Press Officers, establish contacts with the media and keeps them informed about events occuring in France. She provides answers about the position of France on international issues and monitors the statements made in the media about France.
The Scientific Attaché, Christian TURQUAT, fosters relationships between France and the United States in the fields of Research and Development and higher education. More information about the Office for Science and Technology .
The Consulate’s Department of Economic Affairs is responsible for monitoring and analyzing, on behalf of the French authorities, the situation and policies related to economic, industrial, financial and commercial issues. The Department also acts, as needed, as a liaison office on the same issues between the US authorities and their French counterparts. Because of Houston’s role as “the world energy capital”, this sector is followed with a particular attention.
The Department of Economic Affairs is part of the international network of the Treasury of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment. It works closely with other departments in the the Consulate, with the French chambers of commerce and the trade advisers in its area of responsibility, as well as the Agency for International Development of French Companies (UBIFRANCE) and with IFA (Invest in France Agency) which promotes foreign investment in France.
The service to French companies interested in the American market is now provided by UBIFRANCE.
UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France’s public-sector export support framework. Thanks to a networkof Trade Commissions in 44 countries, UBIFRANCEassists French companies in their search for potential partners in the United States.
The French Embassy Trade Office/UBIFRANCE provides assistance to French Companies looking to initiate or expand their export activity to the United States. The Energy sector is handled by Maria BOLANOS (head office located in Chicago) and Marie H. Crouhadé represents the Food & Wine Division (head office located in New York).