French Consul General to Compare
French and U.S. Worldviews
Posted September 16, 2002
HOLLAND -- The address "France and the U.S.: Two
Worldviews at Odds?" will be presented by the Honorable Dr.
Dominique Decherf, French Consul General in Chicago, Ill.,
on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. at Hope College in the Maas
Center conference room.
The talk will consider the differences and
similarities in the cultural perceptions of politics in
France and the United States.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Decherf's research interests include U.S.-French
analysis, French foreign policy, Africa, religion and
international affairs, religion and human rights, and the
relationship between church and state. He is the author of
several scholarly papers, and during 2000-01 was a Fellow at
the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard
He has been with the French consulate in Chicago
since the summer of 2001. His other assignments abroad have
included serving as charge d'affaires in Angola from 1977 to
1979 and in Tanzania from 1979 to 1982; as deputy consul
general in Jerusalem from 1982 to 1986; and as charge
d'affaires in Burkina Faso from 1989 to 1993, in Saudi
Arabia from 1993 to 1994, and the Ivory Coast and Liberia
from 1994 to 1997.
Decherf was deputy spokesman with the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Paris, France, from 1987 to 1989, and was
director of human resources with the ministry from 1997 to
He holds a Ph.D. in law from the Pantheon-Sorbonne
in Paris, and master's degrees from the Institut d'Etudes
Politiques de Paris and the Institut des Langues et
Civilisations Orientales Vivantes (Swahili) in Paris.
Decherf's talk is hosted by the college's French
Studies Colloquium. The Maas Center is located on Columbia
Avenue at 11th Street.