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Top photo: Jean-David Levitte
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Levitte and UTSA Associate Professor Mansour El-Kikhia
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French ambassador to U.S. speaks at UTSA

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Jan. 19, 2007)--The UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts hosted the French ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Jean-David Levitte, for a lecture, "The Middle East: A French Perspective," Thursday, Jan. 18 in the 1604 Campus Arts Building Recital Hall. The ambassador addressed students, faculty, staff and area residents.

After the lecture, the ambassador took questions from the audience on various topics including how to improve U.S.-French relations and the French perspective on how the United States should proceed with the current Iraq war.

Levitte said that one of his main goals as a diplomat is to improve relations between the United States and France by reaching out to students at U.S. universities. The ambassador's trip to San Antonio included a luncheon at the Westin Riverwalk hotel and dinner with Mayor Phil Hardberger and San Antonio City Council members.

A graduate of Sciences Po, the renowned Institute for Political Science in Paris, and the National School of Oriental Languages, joined the Foreign Ministry in the early 1970s. After returning from his initial post in Hong Kong and Beijing, Levitte served the French government in positions including ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, adviser to the permanent mission of France at the United Nations in New York, deputy assistant secretary in the African bureau, deputy chief of staff to the foreign minister and senior diplomatic adviser.

An officer in the Legion of Honor, Levitte was appointed ambassador to the United States in 2002.

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