Michigan Needs French

In April of 2006, Michigan took the bold step of making foreign-language study a general requirement for graduation from high school.  The state that led this country to technological revolution in the beginning of the last century prepares to lead it to a true internationalization of its work force in this one. As we take our first proud steps with this new curriculum, those of us who teach French would like to make available connections with people and organizations who believe in the value of learning French and studying the many cultures in the many countries where it is spoken. We also want to suggest some reasons for learning this language, grounded in Michigan's history and economic realities. The following page represents an informtion update in May 2009.


Belgian Consular Representatives in Michigan
Mr. David CORNILLIE, Honorary Consul
30 Edgemere Rd.
Grosse Pointe Farms
MI 48236
Phone: 313 530-4436
Fax: 313 885-0355
Email: Detroit@diplobel.org

Regional Canadian Consulate General
Consulate General of Canada - Detroit
600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1100
Detroit, MI 482-43-1798
General enquiries:
    Tel: (313) 567-2340,
    Fax: (313) 567-2164
e-mail: dtrot@international.gc.ca
Quebec International - Chicago Office
444 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611-3977

Consul Général de France - Chicago
Consulate General of France in Chicago
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: 312/327-5200
Fax: 312/327-5201
E-mail : contact@consulfrance-chicago.org

    Le Consul honoraire de France
    M. Robert L. WEYHING
    Clark Hill PLC Attorneys at Law
    500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3500
    Detroit MI 48226-3435
    Tél: 313-965-8334
    Fax: 313-962-4348

Michigan (from the French Consulate)


Union des Français de l'Etranger de Détroit
39105 Grennada
Livonia MI 48154
Tél: 313-493-8432
Fax: 313-493-8667

French Society of Michigan
1261 Harding
Cooklin MI 49403
Tél: 616-942-7577

Club Français de Détroit
17598 Parkside
Detroit MI 48221
Tél: 313-862-6568

Alliance Française in Michigan

Alliance Française de Detroit
30316 Stellamar
c/o Edward Chalom
Tel. 248-644-2692
E-mail: edwchalom@aol.com

Alliance Française de Grand Rapids
P.O. Box 2223
Grand Rapids MI 49501
Tél: 616-776-5862
Présidence: Rich Eming
PO Box 2514
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Alliance Française de Grosse-Pointe
32 Lakeshore Road
Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236
Tel: (586) 777-4602

Alliance Française de Kalamazoo
Présidence : Dr. Cynthia RUOFF
Dept. of Foreign Languages
Cynthia Ruoff
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Tél. 269-387-3045

French Institute of Michigan
Direction : Mme Lucie CHVATAL
7100 Lindenmere Circle
Tél. 248-538-5440
Fax. 248-538-5433
Email: info@frenchinstitute.org

The Metro-Detroit French Language Meetup Group

Union des Français de l'Etranger de Détroit
39105 Grennada
Livonia MI 48154
Tél: 313-493-8432
Fax: 313-493-8667

French Society of Michigan
1261 Harding
Cooklin MI 49403
Tél: 616-942-7577

Club Français de Détroit
704 Forestdale
Royal Oak MI 48237
Tél: 313-862-6568

French Colonial Historical Society
c/o Mackinac Associates
P.O Box 1800
Mackinac Island MI 49757
ou: Michael Foret
Department of History
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, WI 54481

French Working Women Network
Anne-Sophie Oury
Tél : 248.835.05560
Marguerite Dillard
Tél : 248.787.7161

French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan
 P. O. Box 1900
Royal Oak, MI 48068-190

French-Canadian Genealogical Research in Houghton County, Michigan

Francophone Countries (International Center, University of Michigan)

Franco-Canadian Detroit writer (Suzanne Boivin Sommerville)

The AATF in Michigan

Detroit Chapter

Casimer Gorkiewicz, President
E-mail: gorkiec@iserv.net

William Leone, Secretary-Treasurer
E-mail: vandbonnie@msn.com

Michigan Chapter - American Association of Teachers of French

J. Sanford Dugan, President
219 Alexander Building
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
E-mail: js.dugan@emich.edu

Keith Palka, Secretary-Treasurer
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
E-mail: palka1ka@cmich.edu

Other educational addresses

Ecole Française de Détroit
Meadow Lake Center
7100 Lindenmere Drive
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Tél: 248-203-5704 - Fax: 248-203-5705

Burton International School (K-8)
 3420 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Wayne County
Phone: (313) 494-2394

International Baccalaureate Programs in Michigan

Andover High School
4200 Andover Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Baker Middle School
1359 Torpey Rd.,
Troy, MI 48083

Benjamin Franklin High School
31000 Joy Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150

Clarkston High School
6093 Flemings Lake Road,
Clarkston, MI 48346

Detroit Country Day School
22305 West 13 Mile Road,
Beverly Hills, Michigan  48025

Fenton High School
3200 W. Shiawassee Avenue
Fenton , MI 48430

Herbert Henry Dow High School
3901 North Saginaw Road
Midland , MI 48640

Heritage High school
3465 N. Center
Saginaw, MI 48603

International Academy
1020 East Square Lake Road,
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  48304

Lansing Eastern High School
220 North Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing , MI 48912

Lone Pine Elementary
3100 Lone Pine Road
Orchard Lake, MI 48323

Midland High School
1301 Eastlawn Drive
Midland , MI 48642

Morse Elementary School
475 Cherry Avenue
Troy, MI 48083

Portage Central High School
8135 South Westnedge Avenue,
Portage, Michigan  49002

Norup International School
14450 Manhattan Street
Oak Park, MI 48237
http:// www.berkley.k12.mi.us

Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac , MI 48340

Portage Central High School
8135 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage , MI 49002

Portage Northern High School
1000 Idaho Avenue,
Portage, Michigan 49024

Utica Academy for International Studies
14201 Canal Road
Sterling Heights , MI 48312

West Hills Middle School
2601 Lone Pine Road
West Bloomfield , MI 48323

National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Languages
    No current representative from Michigan

Center for Language Education and Research

A 712 Wells Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-2286
Fax: (517) 432-0473

Michigan Teacher Network - Foreign Languages and ESL Education

Michigan Foreign Language Association

Francophone Media in Michigan
(broadcast media with significant French programming)

French language radio & television

Ann Arbor, MI  WCBN / 88.3 FM

In northern and central Michigan, Montreal CBC O&O station CBMT can be seen on Charter cable systems in cities like Alpena, Bay City, Midland, Mount Pleasant and Marquette.

Francophone Demography in Michigan

Nearly 40,000 Michigan residents are native speakers of French, French Creole, Cajun French or French Patois

489,240 Michigan residents claim French ancestry, while 191,699 claim French-Canadian ancestry.

French-Canadian Genealogical Research in Houghton County, Michigan

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

Brandon, Edgar Z.: Rev. of A French Colony in Michigan, Modern Language Notes, vol. xiii, p. 242.

Keweenaw Ethnic Groups ~The French Canadians~

Early French Families of Detroit


During the Civil War, the Canadian dollar was still on a gold basis. While the American Federal Government printed millions in greenbacks, the U.S. dollar depreciated in value and Canadians could buy farms in Michigan at bargain prices.

1615 - Champlain, in company with the Franciscan friar, Joseph le Caron, and other Frenchmen, discovered the Georgian bay of Lake Huron

1615 Champlain accompanied by an interpreter, Etienne Brulé, one other Frenchman, and ten Indians, made an expedition to the Huron region of Lake Manatouline

1618    - French explorer Étienne Brulé landed at the narrows of Sault Ste. Marie

1621 - Etienne Brulé traveled as far west as the Keweenaw Peninsula.

1634 - Jean Nicolet, French explorer, traveled across Lake Huron to the straits of Michilimackinac, into Lake Michigan.

1654 - Médard Chouart Des Groseilliers crossed from east to west over the bottom part of what is now Michigan, also down most of the length of the Saint Joseph River.

1660 - French Missionaries arrived and established a mission at Keweenaw Way

1666 -  Claude Allouez, a Jesuit missionary, arrived in the Green Bay area

1668 - Father Jacques Marquette established the first permanent settlement of Michigan at Sault Sainte Marie.

1669 - French explorer Adrien Joliet was guided down the St. Clair-Detroit waterway by an Iroquois Indian.

1670 - Father Claude Dablon journeyed from his Ojibway mission at Sault Ste. Marie to study the possibility of establishing a mission on Mackinac Island.

1670 - First recorded mention of what became Detroit, when the French Sulpician missionaries François Dollier de Casson and René Bréhant de Galinée stopped at the site on their way to the mission at Sault Ste. Marie.

1671 - French fur trappers visit Ile Royal.

1672 - Rene-Robert Cavalier De La Salle traveled down the Saint Joseph River, trying to find the easiest route between Quebec and the Mississippi's mouth.

1673 - Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette, fur trader Louis Jolliet and five voyageurs leave the recently established Indian mission at St. Ignace (May 17).

1680s - The French built a fort at St, Ignace.

1683 - The French published maps outlining the Great Lakes.

1679 - Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle had the "Griffen" built to sail the Great Lakes.  He described the scene at the mouth of the Detroit River.

1691 - French built and occupied Fort Saint Joseph on the west bank of the Saint Joseph River near present day Niles, Michigan.

French withdrew the garrison from the fort at near the turn of the 18th century.

1701 -  The Fox and Sauk tribes started to make raids upon the fur stores of the Potowatomi and the French traders.

1701 - Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded French fort Pontchartrain, later Detroit (July 17).

1702 - Cadillac's wife, Marie Thérèse, soon moves to Detroit, becoming one of the first white women to settle in the Michigan.

1714-1715, French soldiers built Fort Michilimackinac.

1749/52 - Chaussegros de Lery's map shows a grant R. du Grand Marais-Conner Creek, near Gorsse Pointe.

1749 - May 24, the Comte de la Gallissonière, governor-general of New France, decided to encourage immigration to Detroit. He said:  "Every man who will go to settle in Detroit shall receive gratuitously, one spade, one axe, one ploughshare, one large and one small wagon. We will make an advance of other tools to be paid for in two years only. He will be given a cow, of which he shall return the increase, also a sow..."

1754–63 French & Indian Wars

1758 - the site of the Grosse Pointe Club (Little Club) was being farmed by Nicholas Patemaud.

1760 - November 29 the soldiers of France, under the command of Francois Marie Picoté, sieur de Belestre,  marched out of the stockade for the last time and Detroit was surrendered with the honors of war.

By the mid-eighteenth century, the French will also occupy forts at present-day Niles and Sault Ste. Marie.

1800 - French trappers were using Presque ile harbor as shelter from storms on Lake Huron

1863 - Franco-American agent of the Association, Euchariste Brûlé, arrived in the Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula with 250 workers he had recruited in French Canada.

Colonial Fort Michilimackinac

Detroit: History - Riverside Stronghold Established by French

History Detroit Timeline from 1701 to 1760

French historical map of Detroit from Bellin, Petit Atlas Maritime (1764)

L'Anse Creuse Register Father G.J. Boheme
http:// www.libcoop.net/mountclemens/local%20history/lanse%20creuse%20register.pdf

DuLong, John P.  French Canadians in Michigan. Discovering the Peoples of Michigan. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2001.

Lamarre, Jean. The French Canadians of Michigan: Their Contribution to the Development of the Saginaw Valley and the Keweenaw Peninsula, 1840-1914. Great Lakes Books. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003.


Sault Sainte Marie, Detroit, Presque Isle, Charlevoix County, Grand Traverse County, Gratiot County,  Lapeer County, Marquette County, Montcalm County, Presque Isle County, St. Joseph County, Benzie County, Huron County, Ampere, Antoine, Arlene, Au Train, Bai de Wasai, Barbau, Bellair, Belle River, Belleville, Bellevue, Belmont, Bernard, Bois Blanc, Bois Blanc Island, Brest, Brouard, Cadiz, Calumet, Campau, Charlevoix, Cheviers, Devereaux, Eau Claire, Ecorse, Eloise, French Landing, Grand Blanc, Grand Marais, Gratiot, Fort Gratiot, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Ile, La Barge, La Branche, Lachine, Lac La Belle, Lafayette, La Grange, Lamont, LaMotte, Lapeer, La Phamville, Laporte, Laramie, La Rocque, La Salle, Legrand, Leroy, Les Cheneaux Club, Little Manistee, Little Point Sable, Little Traverse, Lyons, Manistee, Marquette, Marquette Island, Menominee, Michigamme, Millecoquins, Napier, Napoleon, Allouet, Orleans, Osier, Ozark, Paris, Parisville, Parmelee, Perrin, Platte, Pingree, Point au Gres, Point au Sable, Point aux Barques, Point aux Chenes, Point au Frenfe,Point aux Peaux, Point aux Pins, Point aux Tremble, Point Etoufette, Point Fuyards, Point La Barbe, Point St. Ignace, Ruse, Sans Souci, Soule, South Lyon, Nadeau, Vermillion, De Tour Village, Epoulette, Lake Au Sable, Cadillac, Lake Petit

A Brief History of the Native American and European Names
of the Saint Joseph-River

Michigan's Role in International Business:

Michigan: Exports, Jobs, and Foreign Investment

Michigan District Export Council


Greater Detroit Foreign Trade Zone

MSU Global Michigan

Global Edge (CIBER at MSU)

BNI Dearborn

World Trade Center - Detroit/Windsor


Michigan Economic Development Corp.
300 North Washington Square
Lansing, MI   48913
(517) 373-9808, FAX: None
Website: http://www.michiganadvantage.org/
International Investment: http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Reference/International-Investment/Default.aspx

Export Advice and Assistance (Dept. of Agriculture - Micgigan)

Michigan & U.S. Agricultural Exports

Value of Michigan exports in 2008 in millions of dollars

Total:                              42,270
Canada:                          23,807
France:                           627
Belgium:                         532

total    for Francophone countries        24,966

Over 59% of Michigan's export dollars come from trade with Francophone countries.

Canada is Michigan's largest export market. 221,500 Michigan jobs are supported by Canada–U.S. trade.

Tourism: In 2008, Canadians made more than 1,410,900 visits to Michigan, spending $284 million

As of February 2009, Export-supported jobs linked to manufacturing account for an estimated 6.4 percent of Michigan's total private-sector employment. A total of 10,373 companies exported goods from Michigan locations in 2006.

French embrace MSU-based biotech know-how rooted in northwest Michigan company

International group promotes French-American business (Oakland Business Review, March 13, 2008)

Transborder Surface Freight Data for trade between Michigan and Canada between October 2004 and October 2005

    All Canadian Provinces to Michigan        $52,873,485,540
    Michigan to All Canadian Provinces        $23,555,125,12    

Michigan is Canada’s leading partner in trade, and vice versa. Michigan's exports to Canada increased 8.5% in 2004.  The two-way trade that crosses the Ambassador Bridge between Michigan and Ontario equals all U.S. exports to Japan.

Michigan Fact Sheet (Canadian trade)

Foreign Direct Investment

Michigan: Exports, Jobs, and Foreign Investment (November 2009)

Foreign Investment/Trade in Oakland County

Foreign-owned companies in the Detroit Region (2005), employing nearly 200,000 area workers:

Investment in millions of dollars

Japan                259
Germany            190
Canada            104
France            102
United Kingdom        65
Rest of the world        260

Statewide also, two of the top investors are Francophone countries

In Michigan, 5.4 % of the workforce is employed by foreign-based companies.  Because of this, Michigan is ranked 14th in the nation by 2002 figures. Michigan is also ranked number 14 in the nation because of the employment derived form French nonbank U.S. Affiliates in State: 14,100 (2001)

Considering all foreign-direct investment, there are 3,760 divisions, affiliates and subsidiaries in the state representing over 40 countries and encompassing all industry and service sectors. They employ over 204,100 Michigan workers, and 47% of these are manufacturing jobs.

300 French company operations are located in Michigan

In 1995 444,239 acres of Michigan farmland were owned by foreign investors.

French-American Chamber of Commerce (Michigan)
c/o Clayton & McKervey, P.C.
Jean-Pierre Kemper, Directeur
27777 Franklin Road, Suite 1200
Southfield, MI 48034-2390
Tel. (248)358-1861,
Fax (248)358-4766
E-mail: faccmi@claytonmckervey.com

Incentives Help Michigan Land French Firm's First North American Plant

    51010 Celeste Drive
    Shelby Township, MI 48315
    Phone: 586-532-9500
    Fax: 586-532-9501

French Presence in Michigan

Michigan in France

Here is a list of 71 Michigan-based companies with important subsidiaries and offices in France:

 Acheson Industries Inc  - Port Huron, MI

 Advanced Accessory Systems, Llc. - Sterling Heights, MI

 Altair Engineering Inc. - Troy, MI

 American Communications Network (Acn) - Farmington Hills, MI

 Amway Corp. - Ada, MI

 Arbortext, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI

 Arvinmeritor, Inc. - Troy, MI

 Autocam Corporation - Kentwood, MI

 Axletech International - Troy, MI

 Blackmer (Dover Corp ) - Grand Rapids, MI

 Cignet Llc. (Combined Industrial Group Network ) - Grosse Pointe, MI

 Cimdata Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI

 Cincinnati Lamb (Unova, Inc.) - Warren, MI

 Collins & Aikman Corporation - Troy, MI

 Compuware Corporation - Detroit, MI

 Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. - Novi, MI

 Csm Worldwide - Farmington Hills, MI

 Cypress Corporation - Rochester Hills, MI

 De-Sta-Co Industries (Dover) - Madison Heights, MI

 Delphi Corporation - Troy, MI

 Dme Company (Milacron) - Madison Heights, MI

 Domino's, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI

 Dow Automotive - Auburn Hills, MI

 Dow Chemical Company - Midland, MI

 Dow Corning Corporation - Midland, MI

 Dura Automotive Systems - Rochester Hills, MI

 Dynalog Inc. - Bloomfield Hills, MI

 Edward C. Levy Co. - Detroit, MI

 Elysium, Inc. - Southfield, MI

 Federal-Mogul Corporation - Southfield, MI

 Ford Motor Company - Dearborn, MI

 Gdx Automotive (Gencorp. Company) - Farmington Hills, MI

 General Motors Corporation - Detroit, MI

 Gentex Corporation - Zeeland, MI

 Gmac (General Motors Acceptance Corporation) - Detroit, MI

 Guardian Industries Corp. - Auburn Hills, MI

 Haden International Group - Auburn Hills, MI

 Haworth, Inc. - Holland, MI

 Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. - Northville, MI

 Herman Miller Inc - Zeeland, MI

 Kellogg's - Battle Creek, MI

 Kelly Services - Troy, MI

 Key Plastics L.L.C. - Novi, MI

 Key Safety Systems, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI

 L & L Products, Inc / Dow Automotive - Romeo, MI

 L & L Products Inc - Romeo, MI

 Lear Corporation - Southfield, MI

 Magnum Corporation - Birmingham, MI

 Metaldyne Corporation - Plymouth, MI

 Msx International, Inc. - Auburn Hills, MI

 Ogura Corporation  - Madison Heights, MI

 Omega Productive Services, Inc. - Rochester Hills, MI

 Oxford Automotive, Inc. - Troy, MI

 Perceptron - Plymouth, MI

 Pontlevoy Equity Corporation - Bloomfield Hills, MI

 Questor Partners Funds - Southfield, MI

 R. L. Polk & Co - Southfield, MI

 Smw Automotive Corp. - Birmingham, MI

 Steelcase Corp. - Grand Rapids, MI

 Stryker Corp. - Kalamazoo, MI

 Tecumseh Products Co - Tecumseh, MI

 Terre Clinical Research Services, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI

 The Magni Group Inc. - Birmingham, MI

 Tower Automotive, Inc. - Grand Rapids, MI

 Trw Automotive, Inc. - Livonia, MI

 Valassis Communications, Inc. - Livonia, MI

 Venture Industries Corporation - Fraser, MI

 Visteon Corporation - Dearborn, MI

 Wall Colmonoy Corporation - Madison Heights, MI

 Whirlpool Corporation - Benton Harbor, MI

 X-Rite, Incorporated - Grandville, MI

Direct Political Advocacy in Michigan

Michigan members of the US Congress

Directory of Michigan State House Members

Directory of Michigan State Senate Members