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French Visit Fayetteville to Honor Its Namesake

Posted February 28, 2007 10:06 p.m. EST

— Sacre bleu! Les français sont arrivés.

The French have landed in Fayetteville!

A delegation from St. Avold, Fayetteville's sister city in France, arrived Wednesday for a five-day visit. The dates coincide with a visit that the Marquis de Lafayette paid to Fayetteville in 1825.

Lafayette was the French general who teamed with American leaders to help America win the Revolutionary War. And he's Fayetteville's namesake.

This year marks Lafayette's 250th birthday.

St. Avold is in northeastern France, in the Moselle region and not far from the German border. A World War II cemetery is nearby.