Violence in France this week

FABCA expresses its condolences to the family and friends of all those personally touched by the violence this past week in France. We recognize the courage of writers and artists everywhere that Je Suis Charlie now represents. We honor the memory of those who gave their lives to remind the world that freedom of expression is a right that society should not take for granted, and we deplore the ensuing violence that resulted in the loss of life beyond the offices of Charlie Hebdo, as ordinary citizens went about the peaceful business of living their everyday lives. Vive l’amitié Franco-Americaine:


“On behalf of all Americans, I extend our deepest sympathy and solidarity to the people of France following the terrible terrorist attack in Paris. As allies across the centuries, we stand united with our French brothers and sisters to ensure that justice is done and our way of life is defended. We go forward together knowing that terror is no match for freedom and the ideals we stand for —ideals that light the world.

Vive la France!”

President Obama

March against violence and for freedom of expression in Austin

March against violence and for freedom of expression in Austin

Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers

Planning is underway for Angers’ stellar film festival, “Premiers Plans” , which kicks off January 16, 2015. Attending as guests of the festival, and as speakers and presenters of Austin’s film scene and innovation economy, will be Austin Film Society’s Associate Artistic Director Holly Herrick and Liz Wiley, an IP attorney, member of the Austin-Angers Sister Cities Committee, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the French American Business Council of Austin, Inc.

Austin film directors will get exposure to a sophisticated European market with Herrick bringing along choice short works to be shown at the festival.

In the pipeline: an Austin-Angers Film Festival, to be held in Austin in conjunction with Levitation (previously known as Austin Psych Fest).

Invest in France meets in Austin

Invest in France representative for the Texas region Kaela Chelmowski and Omar Layachi, the Chargé d’Affairs for Nord France Invest in Lille met with various members of the Austin technology and entrepreneurship sectors. This picture features Kyle Cox (on the left) speaking with Omar Layachi, and Kevin Koym, Co-Founder of Tech Ranch on the far right, with Omar getting the overview of Austin’s innovation history and uniquely Austin spin on entrepreneurship and funding that distinguished it from Silicon Valley. Absent from this gathering was Raouti Chehih, the CEO of EuraTechnologies in Lille, France’s largest IT incubator. , who is also visiting Austin for meetings.

Attending the gathering in addition to those named above: Jim Butler, Director of Creative Industries, City of Austin; Bijoy Goswami, founder of Bootstrap Network, advocating entrepreneurship before it became part of Austin’s social fabric; Dr. Bob Peterson, Director, IC2 Institute; Marco Bravo, Project Director at the IC2 Institute; Brigitte Benquet, On Demand CFO with United Finance Organization; and Liz Wiley, of the Wiley Firm PC and Chair of the Board of Directors of the French American Business Council of Austin.

Austin 2014 Economic Outlook

The 2014 Economic Outlook program will explore Austin’s innovation uproar and examine what steps Austin is taking to nurture our own next generation innovation economy and leading edge knowledge community. At the heart of Innovation lies change and opportunity. Join us for a view into how and why Austin is changing as we take a look ahead into the economic drivers of 2015.

Austin 2014 Economic Outlook

French-English bilingual education in American public schools

The South Central USA division of French-American organization Français du Monde invites the French-speaking and francophile community in Austin to a presentation by Fabrice Jaumont, Education attaché at the French Embassy in the United States on French-English bilingual education in American public schools.

on Friday Nov. the 21st from 6PM

at La Madeleine Sunset Valley (5493 Brodie Ln)

The presentation will be followed by Q&A.

A drink will be offered.

More info in English on

RSVP with Cécile Fandos, Français du Monde South Central USA president writing at or calling (512) 964-3685

La section Sud-Centre des Etats-Unis de Français du Monde invite la communauté francophone et francophile d’Austin à une présentation en anglais de Fabrice Jaumont, attaché Education de l’ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis sur l’éducation bilingue français-anglais dans les écoles publiques américaines’

vendredi 21 novembre à partir de 18h

à La Madeleine Sunset Valley,
5493 Brodie Lane

La présentation sera suivie d’une séance de questions/réponses en anglais et en français.

Un pot sera offert.

Plus d’informations en français sur l’initiative lancée à Austin dans un récent article de French Morning

RSVP auprès de Cécile Fandos, présidente de Français du Monde Sud Centre des Etats-Unis, au (512) 964-3685 ou par mail en écrivant à

Work Force Visa Presentation a Success!

The FABCA hosted Work Force Visa presentation by Maureen Donovan welcomed around a dozen participants from the Austin Business Community. Over lunch, Maureen provided an insider’s look at all the tips and pitfalls of the different Visa roadmaps available to businesses in the US. Thanks again to Maureen and to the National American University for their help in putting this together. Maureen’s presentation will be available soon in the Members Area of the FABCA website.






Free FABCA event on work force visas

Some of the most frequent questions raised in this global economy concern navigating the visa process to get the work force you need from France – or anywhere in the world your company or business partner may be located – to work in the United States. Those questions will be answered in a lively presentation by Maureen Donovan, founder of the Donovan Law Office, an immigration law practice in New York City and Paris.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

11:30 to 1pm

Meeting the Challenges of Transitioning Technical Expertise from Abroad Into Your US Company

National American University – Roueche Graduate Center

6836 Austin Center Blvd #270 (Building 1)

Austin, Texas 78731

FABCA offers this presentation at no charge. As a light lunch will be served, please RSVP to reserve your place.

Register here:!event/register/2014/10/30/meeting-the-challenges-of-transitioning-technical-expertise-from-abroad-into-your-us-company

The legal and practical details of transitioning professionals such as engineers, developers, and oil and gas industry executives to start companies in the United States, or join companies here already, can be overwhelming. But Maureen has for the past 11 years served the immigration needs, and been responsible for, the successful transition of clients from over 52 countries to the United States. What distinguishes her law firm’s practice from other immigration firms is Maureen’s first-hand experience in understanding the employee or entrepreneur’s challenges in transitioning to another country, as her offices and staff have met these challenges in locations around the world. Maureen operates her law practice—for a client base in France, Latin America, and the United States—from Paris and New York City.

About Maureen: A former ballet dancer with the Boston Ballet and the director of the Maureen Carol School of Dance in Boston for many years, Maureen is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, with a BS Business Administration, and has a JD from Roger Williams University School of Law. Maureen currently resides in Paris, France.

Many thanks to our host, National American University – Roueche Graduate Center.

Guided Tour at the Lone Star Le Mans a big success!

The FABCA sponsored tour at the 2014 Lone Star Le Mans was a great success and loads of fun. Ken Walker led a tour of around 16 people explaining the ins and outs of the track, the best places to sit, the massive amounts of technology in the cars, and the logistics for getting cars in and out of he race track. Thanks to all who could make the tour and thanks to Ken Walker for being such a great host! See below for some more pics from the tour and the 2 day event including pics of attendees, the French Consul General Sujiro Seam and of Gerard Larrousse, French Formula 1 driver, presenting trophies to the race winners.

The paddock tour allowed really up close access to the cars (Bodet family)

The paddock tour allowed really up close access to the cars (Bodet family)

French driver and Ken Walker

French driver and Ken Walker

Really up close - checking out the inside here!

Really up close – checking out the inside here!

Part of our group of about 16 following Ken

Part of our group of about 16 following Ken

Le Mans champion Gerard Larrousse presents the trophies to winning team Audi

Le Mans champion Gerard Larrousse presents the trophies to winning team Audi

Rain Delay

Rain Delay

Sujiro Seam, Pierre Fillon, Gerard Neveu

Sujiro Seam, Pierre Fillon, Gerard Neveu

Exclusive Guided Tour of the Krohn Racing and Risi Competizione pits !

The French American Business Council of Austin will be sponsoring a tour of the Krohn Racing and Risi Competizione pits at the Lone Star Le Mans race on Friday September 19. Meet with their drivers on a tour guided by French American Business Council of Austin member Xavier Borkowski Friday at 12PM. Meet at the entrance of the paddocks by the helipad at 11:30

The tour is open for the first 20 people who register for the event. You must already have purchased tickets and be present at the race in order to sign up for the tour. Sign up for the tour at!event/register/2014/9/19/exclusive-tour-to-visit-2-team-pits-and-meet-the-drivers


For more info check out these links provided by FABCA’s Cecile Fandos:


And more details about the race are available on the Circuit of the Americas’ website

and on the Fédération Internationale de l’automobile’s website (both in French and English)