Delegation From France In Fort Worth To Sign Sister Cities Agreement

Alan Scaia
February 15, 2019 - 12:56 pm
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FORT WORTH (KRLD) - Fort Worth has signed an agreement with Nimes, France to become sister cities. Nimes is Fort Worth's ninth sister city.

"This is an opportunity to go to these different places and learn about the culture firsthand instead of just reading about it in a book," says Fort Worth City Councilwoman Ann Zadeh.

Students from Nimes are arriving in Fort Worth Friday. A delegation of city leaders came to North Texas earlier this week for a ceremony and to sign the agreement.

"A big part of our culture is based in the European tradition," says Nimes Mayor Jean-Paul Fornier. "That gives Fort Worth an opportunity to see where they came from, not just the Americans, but other sister cities, too."

Fort Worth is the 87th sister city for a city in France. Fort Worth has eight other sister cities.

Bob Bolen signed an agreement with Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1984. Since then, Fort Worth has added sister cities in Bandung, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Guiyang, China; Mbabane, Eswatini; Nagaoka, Japan; Toluca, Mexico; and Trier, Germany.

Last year, Zadeh went to Budapest with a group from Fort Worth.

"We had dinners in people's homes, met the people and learned about their daily life," she says. "It's not traveling like a tourist. It's going and meeting people and seeing how they live in their communities."

Fornier and Nimes' cultural attache, Daniel-Jean Valade says Fort Worth and Nimes may be an ocean apart from each other, but they share parts of their cultures, too.

"There's a very big bull culture in Nimes," Fornier says. "But the rodeo aspect is very different in terms of the bull rides and roping."

"You have a symbol of liberty in Texas. Cowboys. They are a symbol of liberty," says Cultural Attache Daniel-Jean Valade.

The delegation and students from Nimes will stay in Fort Worth ten days. They will see museums, the Stockyards, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing and businesses.

Fort Worth will then send elected officials to Nimes at the end of September.