Fort Worth adding a sister city in France

Mayor Jean-Paul Fournier of Nîmes, France, and a delegation will travel to Fort Worth Feb. 12-17 to sign the official document to become Fort Worth’s ninth sister city.

The official signing will take place between Mayor Betsy Price and Fournier at a ceremony at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and is free and open to the public.

“Fort Worth is excited to formally welcome Nîmes as our ninth sister city. We look forward to fostering business relationships and expanding cultural exchange opportunities through this partnership,” Price said.

Price will lead a delegation to Nîmes (pronounced NEEM) Sept. 25-Oct. 4 to sign the reciprocal agreement there. Residents are encouraged to join the group on the official visit.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International launched a long-range plan to select new sister cities in countries where they can build mutually beneficial relationships through education, exchanges and commerce. In 2017, Sister Cities sent a delegation to explore the potential partnership with Nîmes, France. A delegation reciprocated with a visit in 2018 to Fort Worth and quickly moved to make the partnership official.

“We are already making plans to welcome our new French friends and share our finest Texas culture,” said Sister Cities Chairwoman of the Board Veronica Chavez Law. “Future exchanges may focus on education, economic relations and arts and culture to create understanding and respect of each other’s cultures.”

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