Johnson Meets With Museum, Tech Leaders in France

Arnaud Manas, Governor François Villeroy de Galhau, Mayor Eric L. Johnson, and Thierry Bedoin | Image by Office of Mayor Eric Johnson

Mayor Eric Johnson met with museum and tech company leaders in France to discuss potential collaborations with Dallas.

Throughout the week, Johnson has been meeting with various officials in France to build international relationships and promote Dallas’ interests, as previously covered by The Dallas Express.

On Thursday, Mayor Johnson visited the Musée d’Orsay museum and spoke with president and CEO Christophe Leribault, according to a press release sent from the mayor’s office to The Dallas Express. The two met in Dallas last fall when Johnson hosted a delegation from the museum at City Hall.

Johnson and Leribault discussed potential collaborations between Dallas museums and the Musée d’Orsay. The mayor then met with representatives of the tech company Eviden. Company officials briefed the mayor on their cyber security initiatives.

The discussion with Eviden reps comes more than six months after the City of Dallas was hit with a ransomware attack that compromised the personal data of more than 26,000 people, including children, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Mayor Johnson then spoke with the founder and editor-in-chief of the French political magazine Politique Internationale. The two “discussed global politics, foreign affairs, and the international perception of Dallas.”

Johnson also met with representatives of Banque de France’s “Le Lab” — an open innovation center covering finance and economic research. He spoke with François Villeroy de Galhau, governor of the Banque de France. The two discussed Dallas’ economy and “the important relationship between Dallas and France.”

The mayor wrapped up Thursday by meeting with Said El Yousfi, founder of Maison Wineted and co-owner of Chateau Saint Laurent. Said expressed “interest in expanding his business to Dallas,” according to the mayor’s press release.

“Mayor Johnson was proud to talk about Dallas’s gastronomical scene and the many opportunities that make Dallas the perfect place to be,” the statement said.

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