Jan 27, 2012 10:41 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden and Consul General of France Jean-Claude Brunet have begun the groundwork for a proposed partnership between the city and France that would extend a pact reached nearly four years ago.
Holden said Thursday that he and Brunet are developing a "memorandum of understanding" that would include topics such as biotech, medical research, economic development, culture and arts, digital media, film industry, exchange programs, technical assistance and seminars between French and Baton Rouge businesses.
Holden says several Baton Rouge businesses have expressed an interest in pursuing opportunities with their French counterparts that could prove beneficial to both parties.