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An Alliance Bigger Than Cheese: Wisconsin's French Connections & Diplomacy Under Biden

Courtesy of the Consulate General of France in Chicago
French Ambassador Philippe Etienne meeting with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

Wisconsin has a long history with France that extends to its very foundation as a state. The first white settler in the state was Jean Nicolet, and for nearly 100 years Wisconsin was considered France's territory in the "New World." That close relationship has continued through business, educational, and cultural ties. France's Ambassador to the U.S., Philippe Etienne, recently visited Wisconsin to reinforce those ties and talk about how diplomacy has changed under the Biden administration.

Joy Powers hosts and produces Lake Effect. She joined WUWM January 2016 as a producer for Lake Effect.