May 12, 2010

French consul general gets first taste of Maine, and Fenway

By Beth Quimby [email protected]
Staff Writer

PORTLAND - Christophe Guilhou, the French consul general in Boston, made his first official visit to Maine on Tuesday, fresh from his very first Red Sox game the night before.

Guilhou, who has been in the United States for the past eight months, said his goal in life is to try to understand the people in the countries where he lives. But it may take a while for him to appreciate the subtleties of America's national pastime. He said he wasn't prepared for a baseball "match" that lasts four hours, much longer than the sports events he is used to watching.

"I have to confess, I left after two hours," he said.

Guilhou said he will try it again in two weeks, when he takes his children to their first baseball game.

Guilhou made his remarks to a group of business people who gathered at the law offices of Preti Flaherty, on the top floor of One City Center. It was part of his statewide tour with Severin Beliveau, an attorney with Preti Flaherty and the French consular agent for Maine.

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