Gov. Edwards attends state dinner with French president, works on getting money for Comite River Diversion Canal project

Gov. Edwards attends state dinner with French president, works on getting money for Comite River Diversion Canal project

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards were invited to attend the state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Edwardses left Tuesday for the trip to Washington, DC.

"Donna and I are honored to participate in this administration's first state dinner, and it is fitting that it is with the French President," said Gov. Edwards. "We are very proud of Louisiana's French heritage and vibrant culture. We cherish it in our schools and way of life.  We appreciate the President and First Lady extending this invitation and look forward to this great event. While in Washington, I look forward to meeting with our delegation and other federal partners to discuss critical priorities for our state."

While in the nation's capital, Edwards worked Wednesday on getting money for a project that could prevent parts of Louisiana from flooding in the future.

He and officials with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) met with the director of the Office of Management and Budget to discuss funding on the Comite River Diversion Canal project.

Many believe the project could have lessened the blow of the historic flooding in August 2016. Work on the canal has been stalled for decades.

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