The French-American Business Week took take place in Washington, D.C., on October 17 and 18, 2018. This event was organized – under the patronage of the Ambassador of France to the United States – by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to advance fruitful business relationships for its members and support bilateral trade.
Laure Pallez, Deputy Economic Counselor, Embassy of France in the United States, participated in a panel discussing “Is France Back? Assessing the Macron Reform Agenda and its Implications for Business.” This panel was moderated by Veronique De Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center At George Mason University and the speakers included Jimmy Benaudis, Partner and French Business Network Global Head, EY, Thierry Tressel, Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund and Garrett Workman, Director, European Affairs, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
After providing an overview of the pro-growth reform agenda of the French government, the speakers had a chance to go through a Q&A session focusing on businesses’ changing perception of the French market, France’s efforts to attract FDI, as well as tensions in the transatlantic relationship and opportunities to move forward, France’s role in Europe – promoting Eurozone reform, managing Brexit and Europe’s broader trade policy agenda.