The committee is acting as a support for the Isère revival project, working for friendship between French and American people and for the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the United States of America on JULY 4th 2026.
GILBERT DE PUSY LAFAYETTE
Present since the origin of the project, a direct descendant of the famous Marquis de La Fayette, Le Comte honours us with his benevolent look on this new maritime adventure which is "a living link between France and the United States". President of the Franco-American Committee for the Restoration of the Statue of Liberty and successor of the late Michel de Rochambeau.
NATHALIE DE GOUBERVILLE
Daughter of Michel de Rochambeau, descendant of Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau, strategist of the battle of Yorktown (Va). Lives on the family property in the Loir-et-Cher region and relies on the support of the association "Friends of Rochambeau" ( http://lesamisderochambeau.org ), of which she is president, to make this historical character better known through various events for a local and international public. This is how ties were forged with the United States to maintain the Franco-American friendship born following the victory of Yorktown on October 19, 1781.
Didier Graffet began his career as an illustrator in 1994. In 2002, he was awarded the Art&Fact 2002 prize and the public prize Visions of the Future. In 2003, he received the grand prix de l'Imaginaire for his illustrations of 20 000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne at the Éditions Gründ which is a best-seller. In 2009, he exhibits at the Maison d'Ailleurs in Switzerland. With the help of the naval architecture firm SDI, he will be the visionary draftsman of the future ISÈRE.
A former executive in France and the United States, he practiced psychoanalysis in private practice. He invented the current concept of Learning Expeditions for management teams of large international groups and sold his company, based in Silicon Valley, a few years ago. He is the author of the book Français et Américains, l'Autre rive (French and Americans, the Other Shore), which has more than 160,000 readers. The 3rd edition is now out of print but remains available free of charge at www.pbaudry.com