Macron will end his trip to the United States by meeting French speakers in Louisiana

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French President Emmanuel Macron will end his trip to the United States with a visit to Louisiana on Friday where he is expected to announce the creation of a fund to finance French education in the state. FRANCE 24 reports.

The tour is good news for Louisiana French speakers who want to preserve their heritage. “We need not just token support, but concrete support and funding,” says Will McGrew, founder of Télé Louisiane, the state’s first all-French media outlet.

McGrew will meet Macron on Friday alongside a dozen other members of the French-speaking community. Christine Verdin, an Indian from Pointe-au-Chien, a descendant of the first inhabitants of America who learned French from the settlers in the 18th century, is one of them.

As a child, French was the only language spoken by Verdin and she still speaks French on a daily basis with her family and neighbors. She is touched that Macron is making the visit. “It’s a privilege that he comes here and takes the time to not only come to America, but to come all the way to New Orleans to meet us,” she said.

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