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“Long before the ocean became an international issue, Jacques Cousteau, his family and his team were fantastic pilgrims,” said Patrick Lachaussée, Senior Counselor of the French Embassy, at the Residence of Gérard Araud, The Ambassador of France.  “By exploring the oceans, Jacques Cousteau and his family brought our two nations closer together.”

 

The reception was preceded by The US premiere of the film L’Odyssée as part of the French-American Climate Talks on Ocean (FACT-O) at The Carnegie Institution for Science which included a discussion panel with marine biologist Dr. Rebecca Albright, Philippe Cousteau and Jan Cousteau.  L’Odyssée (The Odyssey) follows Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great French ocean-going adventurer, biologist, and filmmaker and stars Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, and Audrey Tautou. “He brought the marine world into homes across the globe—including my own—and helped people understand what made these ecosystems so special and worthy of protection,” said Carnegie President Matthew Scott at the start of the evening.”