Decrypting French, European and Inter-Regional Initiatives to the Pandemic.


The private sector and governments around the world are clambering to respond to both the immediate and long-term needs of their citizens in light of the upheaval created by COVID-19. Collaboration, in every sense, has never been more important.

We are pleased to welcome guest speaker Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York,  to share her insights on the geopolitical reverberations of the crisis, international cooperation efforts to face the pandemics, the European recovery plan and how it could signal a new step forward for European integration, the spread of populist and nationalist sentiment & the geopolitical risks at play.

Topics to be covered:

  • Geopolitics: international efforts to cope with the pandemic; the need for reform; the position of the United States concerning these efforts and rising tensions with China.
  • Economics: the crisis and its influence on already rising populist and nationalist sentiments; the difficulty of defending a free trade system and multilateral organizations and progress towards a more unified European monetary system.


Anne-Claire Legendre took up her position of Consul General of France in New York on August 29, 2016. She is the first woman to hold this position. As Consul General, Ms. Legendre is in charge of promoting the influence and appeal of France across the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, as well as Bermuda. She serves a community of 80,000 French citizens, whose vitality actively contributes to the visibility of France in the United States.

A native of Brittany, Anne-Claire Legendre is 37 years old. She graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and holds degrees from Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (in Arabic) and the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris (in modern languages and literature).



June 12th, 2020 10:00 AM through 11:00 AM
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