Old Fort Niagara reports the consul general of France, Bertrand Lortholary, paid a visit and inspected 18th century French buildings at Old Fort Niagara on March 13.
A career diplomat, Lortholary was appointed consul general to the U.S. in August. He previously served as an adviser to Oceana and Asia for former President Nicolas Sarkozy.
In addition to viewing the fort, Lortholary witnessed a musket demonstration by an interpreter dressed in the uniform of the Regiment de Bearn, a French infantry unit that served at the fort during the French and Indian War. He also inspected French documents and artifacts in the fort's collections.
Pictured from left are Old Fort Niagara Interpretive Programs Manager Jason Buckley, Lortholary, Old Fort Niagara Executive Director Robert Emerson, Evelyne Harris of the Alliance Francaise de Buffalo, and Pascal Soares, honorary French consul for Western New York.