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Louisiana: The French Connection (1984)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Paris, France, Namur, Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-02-06

Duration: 00:57:58

Subjects: France | Belgium | Louisiana | Chirac, Jacques, 1932- | Food | Fashion | Architecture | Versailles (France) | Business | Edwards, Edwin W. | French language | Mitterrand, Francois, 1916-1996


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Courtney, Bob Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Tauriac, Michel Interviewee
  • Slataper, Richard Interviewee
  • Dumas, Pierre Interviewee
  • Chirac, Jacques Interviewee
  • Poher, Alain Interviewee
  • Bouyghes, Melissa Interviewee
  • Spoerry, Francois Interviewee
  • Legler, Chuck Interviewee
  • Littleton, John Interviewee
  • Lemoine, Pierre Interviewee
  • Delahaut, Mariette Interviewee
  • Ferrard, Ninnette Interviewee
  • Gillet, Roland Interviewee
  • Giraudet, Pierre Interviewee
  • Camblain, J.P. Interviewee
  • Gautier, Jean Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Interviewee


In this documentary from February 6, 1984, hosts Beth Courtney and Bob Courtney explore the enduring connection between France and Louisiana. Their trip to France includes: a visit with Louisiana exchange student Richard Slataper at the home of his Parisian host family, the Dumas; interviews with Paris Mayor Jacques Chirac and French Senate President Alain Poher on their personal connections to Louisiana; a visit to Restaurant La Louisiane, a New Orleans-style restaurant in Paris; an interview with fashion model Melissa Bouyghes, a Baton Rouge native living in Paris; a tour of Port Grimaud on the French Rivieria with French architect Francois Spoerry and his business partner Chuck Legler, a Baton Rouge native; an interview with gospel singer John Littleton, a native of Tallulah; a visit to the Palace of Versailles, including an interview with castle keeper Pierre Lemoine; and a look at the business connections between France and Louisiana. Their trip to Belgium includes: a visit to Namur, Belgium, the sister city to Lafayette; an interview with Mariette Delahaut, the president of the Belgium-Louisiana society; an interview with Belgian artist Ninnette Ferrard in her studio; and a visit to the Woluwe – St. Pierre region of Brussels, the sister city to New Iberia, including an interview with Mayor Roland Gillet. Lastly, the Courtneys cover Governor-Elect Edwin Edwards’ fundraising trip to Paris, including: Edwards laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe; a church service at Notre Dame Cathedral; his special dinner at the Palace of Versailles; his meeting with French president Francois Mitterrand; the premiere of the French film “Louisiane”; and his meeting with Paris Mayor Jacques Chirac.