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Legislators express support to French citizens Jan 16, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – Today, State Representative Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs), representing Louisiana’s Legislature and Washington delegation, personally presented a letter to the head of the French Consulate, expressing “deepest sympathies to the people of France.”

Joining Rep. Hodges in signing the letter were 36 legislators, U.S. Senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy, and U.S Congressmen Steve Scalise and Garret Graves. In response, Monsieur Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France, expressed his deep appreciation on behalf of France.

“I was extremely gratified to represent our citizens in this small gesture,” Hodges said, “Monsieur Trumel sincerely thanked the people of Louisiana.”

Hodges’ letter said, “As Louisiana’s oldest friend, our former homeland, and the nation responsible for our rich Cajun heritage, France and its citizens hold a dear place in our hearts and minds.”

“The failure to represent the United States at the Paris unity march should not be mistaken as Louisiana or America’s lack of commitment. I am so grateful for every member who signed this letter to demonstrate that Louisiana will remember its roots, stand up for free speech, and are ready to work together to stop similar acts of terrorism,” Hodges said.