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The French Consul General at Boston visits Newport


Arnaud Mentré, the French Consul General at Boston, visited Newport recently in order to see first-hand the progress being made with The Rochambeau Monument Restoration Project in King Park.

According to Mentré, « During my first trip to the State of Rhode Island as the Consul General of France, it was a pleasure to visit the Rochambeau statue in Newport and to meet with the Alliance Francaise of Newport. The work by the Alliance Francaise to raise funds for the restauration of the statue highlights the commitment in the region to both preserving and expanding upon the long tradition of French-American relations. »

Prior to his assignment in Boston, Arnaud Mentré was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for North America at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and was responsible for bilateral relationships with the U.S. and Canada.

The Alliance Francaise of Newport made a commitment to raise $250,000 to restore The Rochambeau Monument in King Park. Restoration work on the Pyramid is completed, and work on the Rochambeau statue and a portion of the sea wall are underway.

Mary-Gail Smith, President of The Alliance Francaise of Newport, says that additional funds are needed in order to complete the Restoration Project. For more information, or to make a donation, please contact The Alliance by email at afnewportri@gmail.com or visit The Alliance’s Web site at :alliancefrancaisenewportri.org.

The Alliance Francaise of Newport was founded 65 years ago and is affiliated with the Federation des Alliance Francaises which has nearly 1,500 Chapters in 138 countries worldwide. The organization is dedicated to the study of the French langage and to promoting cultural exchange.

The Rochambeau Monument Restoration Project


The Alliance Française of Newport is proudly spearheading a Project to restore The Rochambeau Monument in King Park in Newport. The Rochambeau Monument is important historically and culturally to both the French and American people.

The Monument consists of a statue of General Rochambeau and a Pyramid with a plaque honoring the French soldiers who lost their lives fighting alongside General Washington in the battle to secure American liberty.

The Pyramid has fallen into disrepair. Stone blocks were on the verge of toppling. The Pyramid has been boarded up for many years for safety reasons. Time has taken its toll as well on the statue of General Rochambeau.

The cost for the restorations are estimated to be $250,000. Generous donors have made it possible for The Alliance Française of Newport to begin restorations to the Pyramid section. The work on the Pyramid is expected to be completed by September, 2018.

Plans are underway for raising a portion of the seawall near the Pyramid to reduce flooding in the area. A restorer will be hired to restore the statue, the cauldron atop the Pyramid as well as existing plaques.

The Alliance needs your help in raising the funds necessary to complete The Rochambeau Monument Restoration Project. If you would like to be part of this important work, please send a check made payable to The Alliance Française  of Newport and mail to:

The Alliance Française of Newport

P.O. Box 361

Newport, RI 02840

Please include “Rochambeau Monument Restoration” in the Memo line of your check. Thank you.

The Alliance Française of Newport is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Article about The Rochambeau Monument Restoration Project in an article written by The Federation of The Alliance Françaises:


To view the following article, click the link below. Scroll to the “Chapters in the News, and More” section. Click the hyperlinked word “here” under the AF de Newport section.

https://us13.campaignarchive.com/u=9abb358f0ef84998155c7b606&id=c21df8be4b

The Alliance Française of Newport Hosts Two French Conversation Groups


The Alliance  of Newport hosts two French Conversation Groups.

The French Conversation Groups meet weekly on Tuesday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The French Confection, 72 East Main Rd. in Middletown, RI.

Fluency in French is not required. There is no charge for these groups; all are welcome. This is a drop-in group; registration is not necessary.

According to past AFN President, Cindy Dressler, “Compatible speakers help you find your speaking level while encouraging you to improve in an informal, enjoyable setting surrounded by delicious pastries and gourmet coffees. All levels of French are spoken in a judgement-free atmosphere.”

For further information, please send an email to: afnewportri@gmail.com.

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