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Fresno City Councilwoman, Esmeralda Soria - Ambassador to Châteauroux
Châteauroux Committee Chair – Denise Ulrich
High School Exchange Coordinator - Linda Motschiedler

Announcement from the Exchange Coordinator:

Châteauroux Fresno's Newest Sister City


January 1, 2016.  Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has signed the agreement: Fresno and Châteauroux are now officially Sister Cities.

The Mayor of Châteauroux, Gil Avérous and Deputy Mayor, Jean-Yves Hugon are visiting Fresno on February 28, 2016. A reception and official signing ceremony between the two mayors at City Hall is scheduled for Monday, February 29


Mayor Avérous and Mr. Hugon will be meeting with Dr. Joseph Castro, President of Fresno State and will be his guest for a reception and tour.


High school visits are also on the agenda, as Châteauroux is proposing an exchange of both high school and university students in 2017.


The Châteauroux Committee of Fresno Sister Cities will be hosting an American BBQ Dinner on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 6pm. LakeView Clubhouse, 2555 West Bluff Ave in Fresno. (NW corner of Van Ness Ext. & Bluff. Look for French flags.) Dinner donation is $100.  Make your reservations now to meet these two honored delegates from France!


For dinner reservations and more information, please call Denise Ulrich, Chairwoman. Contact info: Home: 559-430-4706, Cell: 559-434-4568, Email: 

Student Exchange

Student Ambassadors

The Official Fresno Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program plan to send Fresno County high school students and Fresno State students to Fresno’s Sister City of Châteauroux.

This program provides students with a unique opportunity to broaden their perception of the world while offering them an enriching exchange experience.

Students will live with a pre-selected student of the same sex & age in a host family who will be carefully selected by the Châteauroux Sister Cities Committee and in return, the Fresno exchange student will then host a student from Châteauroux. 

About Châteauroux

Châteauroux lies in Central France and is located in the Loire Valley on the Indre River.

Châteauroux is about 2 1/2 hours to Paris by car and 2 hours by train.

It has a population of over 45,000 and the current mayor is Gil Avérous.

It has the largest covered “bouladrome” in France and the game of Pétanque is very popular.

An exchange between the Châteauroux club(s) and the Fresno Pétanque Club ( is being planned

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