The Beckman Institute was honored to have Richard Barbeyron, the Consul General of France in Chicago, visit on April 20, 2006. Barbeyron was on the University of Illinois campus to take part in the European Union Center Panel Discussion, "European Responses to the Challenges of Globalization."
Mr. Barbeyron has been the Consul General of France in Chicago since November of 2004. Prior to that he was the Consul General of France in Rio de Janeiro and Director of the Maison de la France, the largest French Culural Center in Brazil.
He joined the foreign service in 1973, first as a Cultural Attache, then (1979) as a career Diplomat. He has successively been posted in Lima, Peru (1973-1974), in Caracas, Venezuela (1974-1979 and 1991-1995), in Canberra, Australia (1980-1984), in Brasilia, Brazil (1984-1986), in Washington DC (1988-1991) and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1995-1998).
In Paris, at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Barbeyron has successively served within the Human Resources Department (1979-1980), the Office of Protocol (1986-1988) and was Deputy Director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (1998-2000).
Barbeyron is a Knight of the Legion of Honor since 2002 and a Knight of the National Order of Merit since 1998, France's first and second highest official awards.
Accompanying Barbeyron on his visit to the University of Illinois was Yannick Mercoyrol, Cultural Attache, and Clare Notin, Deputy Scientific.