French consul general to discuss “France and the Future of Europe” Sept. 19

Elizabeth Gentry Sayad named to L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Graham Paul, consul general of France in Chicago, will discuss “France and the Future of Europe” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Washington University in St. Louis.

The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall.

Immediately following the lecture, Paul — on behalf of the French government — formally will recognize WUSTL alumna Elizabeth Gentry Sayad as a Chevalier (knight) of L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The honor recognizes major contributions to French culture and education, both in France and throughout the rest of the world.

For more information, call Robert Fulstone at (314) 757-6860 or email

Graham Paul

Paul assumed the position of consul general of France in Chicago on June 4, 2010. He previously served as deputy head of the French embassy in Berlin (2007-10) and as consul general in Munich (2006-07).

Paul joined the Foreign Service in 1984. He first was posted in Cameroon as second secretary at the French embassy in Yaoundé (1984-87), before returning to Paris to work on German affairs. He served two years in East Berlin at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-1990). Other postings have taken him to Hamburg, Vienna, Tokyo and Bordeaux.