2019, academic celebrations and peace treaties ...
X Colloquium, "War of the cakes" and “Poilus mexicains”.

On the occasion of its 22nd anniversary, the Mexico France research project held in Paris the X International Colloquium, where more than thirty researchers, from France, Mexico, Spain and the United States, met in order to take stock of the construction of looks, individual and collective, for the study of Franco-Mexican migrations. This event took place from April 3 to 5 at the headquarters of UNAM-France, building of the “club des Cordeliers”, with six thematic axes: Regional views on migration; Migratory flows; Migration, art and sensitivity; Views and practices of the actors; Production and circulation of looks; Looks and sensibilities. It ended on April 6 in the Marc Bloch room, of the University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, by a reflection on the Paradigms of the eyes, which undoubtedly enriched the overall balance and opened up new perspectives to rejuvenate the project Mexico France.

180 years ago, during what is called the "War of Cakes", the Prince de Joinville, son of the King of the French, "completed his military training" by participating in the capture of the Fort of San Juan Ulúa and the bombing of the port of Veracruz. He also commanded the assault that led to the capture of General Mariano Arista. This military-naval operation was intended to demand the payment of 600,000 pesos, including the 800 pesos claimed by Remontel, the famous pastry chef of Tacubaya, who were at the origin of the denomination of this conflict. On September 23, 1839, two days before receiving the last third of the payment agreed upon for those claims, the "Douce France" turned its back on Mexico by recognizing the independence of the Republic of Texas and by appointing Dubois de Saligny as ambassador. In 1860, he became Minister of France in México and will have a decisive role during the French intervention in Mexico ... This episode, forgotten by historians, reveals the geopolitics of an era where the right of the strongest was imposed - which revives today - and gives new light on its consequences.

The Centenary of the signing of the "Treaty of Peace of Versailles", June 28, 1919, which inaugurates a "new world”, offers us the opportunity to observe the similarities of these historical events. By this treaty, the victorious countries of the First World War, motivated by "revenge and its benefits" redraw the map of the world and founded the League of Nations in the hope of establishing a lasting peace ... This is precisely the theme of the exhibition "The French of Mexico in turmoil. Between War and Peace ", in which participates the project México Francia, which was inaugurated on June 10 in Xalapa, Veracuz and June 20, in France, in Champlitte, native land of the French who settled in Jicaltepec and San Rafael. On June 28, it was held in Barcelonnette, a small city in the Ubaye Valley, from which enterprising traders who were founders of department stores, industries and banks in Mexico. This traveling exhibition will be held, in the years 2019 and 2020, in different places on both sides of the Atlantic.



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México Francia: presencia, influencia, sensibilidad is a research and educational project founded in the spring of 1997. It focuses on the study of the meaning and impact of the French presence in Mexico, from the perspective of globalization. It involves researchers and students from various institutions in Mexico, France and the United States. It features a seminar, organized conferences, published articles, books and supplies, and collaborates with research centers, associations and museums.

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