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The French Ambassador, Meyer the Hatter & the Franco-American Alliance (2024)

La Veillée



Genre: French

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2024-03-28

Duration: 00:13:00

Subjects: French ambassador to the United States | World War II | Military | Russian Invasion of Ukraine, 2022 | French immersion | French language


  • LeBlanc, Drake Host
  • McGrew, Will Host
  • Orgeron, Caitlin Host
  • Meyer, Paul Interviewee
  • Meyer, Marcelle Interviewee
  • Meyer, Sam Interviewee
  • Bili, Laurent Interviewee


This episode of the series “La Veillee” from March 28, 2024, features Drake LeBlanc, Will McGrew, and Caitlin Orgeron of Tele-Louisiane reporting on the French Ambassador to the United States awarding the French Legion of Honor to Sam Meyer, the owner of Meyer the Hatter in New Orleans, for his service during World War II during a ceremony at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. They interview: Paul Meyer, his son; Marcelle Meyer, his wife; and Sam Meyer, the honoree. McGrew then interviews Laurent Bili, the French Ambassador to the United States, who discusses: the importance of commemorating the service of World War II veterans; French as a shared language between France and Louisiana; the ongoing battle for democratic values, including Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion; his meetings with Louisiana officials; and the future of French immersion.