France / Ceremonies

30 avril 2003
Paris
In partnership with the "Souvenir Napoléonien" [a French Napoleonic Historical Society], a commemorative plaque will be unveiled on the building where the treaty of transfer was signed on April 30, 2003. The plaque is located on one of the facades of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, at the corner of Rue des Petit Champs and Rue Vivienne. A reception will follow in the Bibliothèque's salon d'honneur under the high patronage of Howard Leach, Ambassador of the United States, and Christian Poncelet, President of the Senate. The plaque bears the following inscription:


« EN CE LIEU, A L'EPOQUE MINISTERE DU TRESOR, LE 30 AVRIL 1803, A ETE SIGNE L'ACTE DE CESSION DE LA LOUISIANE PAR LA FRANCE A LA REPUBLIQUE DES ÉTATS-UNIS D'AMERIQUE. LES SIGNATAIRES ETAIENT BARBE-MARBOIS AU NOM DU PREMIER CONSUL ET LIVINGSTON ET MONROE, ENVOYES DU PRESIDENT JEFFERSON. 30 AVRIL 2003 FRANCE-LOUISIANE, FRANCO-AMERICANIE, LE SOUVENIR NAPOLEONIEN »

[On this spot, on April 30, 1803, in the Ministry of the Treasury,
was signed the treaty which transferred Louisiana from France
to the Republic of the United States of America.
The signatories were Barbé-Marbois, representing the First Consul,
and Livingston and Monroe, envoys of President Jefferson.
30 April 2003]

April 2003
Paris
The French mint will issue of a coin commemorating the bicentennial of the sale of Louisiana to the United States.
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