Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
Deputy French Consul
to speak at Sacramento State
Mattot, press and communication officer for the French Consulate in San Francisco,
will speak at Sacramento State about relations between France and the United
States and the challenges the two countries face in a changing world. The event
will start at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano
In his lecture, “France
and the United States, Challenges and Opportunities,” Mattot will discuss
the need for the two nations to come together to tackle the crisis in the Middle
East, nuclear expansion in Iran and poverty in the world.
Mattot has an extensive
background in foreign affairs and has been stationed in more than nine countries
including Iran and Iraq during the Iran-Iraq conflict in the 1980s. While in
Iraq, Mattot worked with the Iraqi Minister of Education as Attache for Cooperation
and Education. He said one of his greatest accomplishments was reopening the
French Embassy’s cultural department in Iran, two years after it was closed
in 1986 due to tensions between Iran and France. He has also held positions
in Malaysia, Turkey, Pakistan and Indonesia and has been the deputy consul in
San Francisco since August 2004.
As press and communication
officer, Mattot works closely with the media and general public answering questions
about French news and local issues such as the recent riots in France, France’s
stance of the war in Iraq and the country’s contribution to the Hurricane
Katrina relief effort. He said that while France and the United States have
had disagreements in the past, the two nations now have a fruitful relationship,
enabling them to pursue new opportunities in the future.
For more information call the Sociology Department at (916) 278-6522. Media
assistance is available from the Sacramento Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.
State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156
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