About French Connexions
The French Connexions Center of Excellence was recognized in 2019 as part of the prestigious network of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., hosted by the top 15 research universities in the United States. Founded by Lionel Cuillé, a member of the French faculty in Romance Languages and Literatures, the center’s mission is to promote and interpret Francophone culture in all its diversity. The center also intends to demonstrate the added value of French studies for WashU students in science and the social sciences in particular, since a double major in French opens up new professional opportunities and internships in the Francophone world. One of the center’s priorities is to contribute to the new mission of the university as envisioned by Chancellor Martin: “In St. Louis, for St. Louis.” One of the highlights of 2021 was undoubtedly the commemoration of St. Louis native and French legend Josephine Baker on the Washington University campus on the same day she was inducted into the Panthéon in Paris.