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Embassy Hosts Evening of French-American Philanthropy

Embassy Hosts Evening of French-American Philanthropy

Published on December 17, 2013
Group’s Focus on Elderly Provides Assistance in Common Challenges
Washington, DC - December 12, 2013

On December 12, François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, welcomed a French charity to the French Embassy’s premises for an evening of fundraising and solidarity with the cause of needy elderly around the world.

The American Fund of the Little Brothers of the Poor, which provides social assistance to seniors, brought together supporters of the group’s work. The evening featured speeches, a silent auction, and a dégustation of French cuisine prepared by top chefs.

François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, provided remarks during the dinner. "In today’s testing times, the values of respect, fraternity, and helping those in need are more critical than ever," he said. "These values are at the core of the relationship" between France and the United States.

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L to R: Barbara Bringuier, International Coordinator for the Little Brothers of the Poor, Ambassador François Delattre, French film actress and director Zabou Breitman

The idea of conducting the event at the Embassy in Washington hems to the Fund’s desire to launch operations in the nation’s capital. "We are already active in seven U.S. cities," explained Barbara Bringuier, the group’s International Coordinator, who works at the headquarters in Paris. "We’re hoping to expand, and maybe open new chapters in New York" as well.

Called the Association Les Petits Frères des Pauvres in French, the organization has offered social support to aging persons since its founding in 1946. Its services range from financial assistance and accompanied outings to holiday events, each of which seek to address the isolation that some experience in the latter years of their lives.

On hand to help raise awareness of the group’s American activities was Zabou Breitman, a prominent French film actress and director. She described the Association as "very special, and very necessary," adding that their charitable work "helps us remember who we are."

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