The diplomat, whose grandfather studied at the Faculty of Medicine in Montpellier in the 1920s, will take part in the ceremonies on November 11 this Friday from 9.30am. He will also discuss tourism and economic development with Michaël Delafosse.
The commemoration of the 104th anniversary of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, scheduled for 9:30 on the Esplanade De Gaule, will take on a British accent this Friday morning. The United Kingdom’s Deputy Ambassador to France is actually a guest in the city of Montpellier. “It’s a very important day, insists Théo Rycroft. Such a visit helps to strengthen Montpellier’s ties with Great Britain.” With the idea also “to recall the importance of the alliance with France during the wars of the last century.”
The idea of twinning with Manchester
More symbolically, Théo Rycroft will participate in the planting of a tree in the garden of the Maison des Relations internationales. “The reaction of the French to the death of our Queen Elizabeth II a few weeks ago touched us very much. Not only in Paris, but everywhere in France.” In Montpellier, the city had delivered a book of condolence in the hall of the same house of international relations.
The diplomat will, after attending the official launch of ZAT in Antigone (at 11:11 at the site of the Golden Number), chain meetings. First with the many British citizens living in Montpellier. “It is important to listen to their experience of life in France because they had to live with important changes to their statutes with Brexit.”
Tourism and culture
More broadly, Théo Rycroft will discuss projects of mutual interest with Michaël Delafosse. Starting with the idea of a twinning city between Montpellier and Manchester. But also on issues of tourism, culture, higher education, ecological transition and transport. “Scientific research is an asset for Montpellier. There are important links with French companies working in the UK in this health sector.”