"Behind all of our successes in the exploration of our universe, Dr. Elachi has always encouraged partnerships with French scientists," Delattre said. "At the end of the year, JPL will launch five scientific missions, its busiest year ever. As the new ambassador, promoting scientific exchanges between our two countries is one of my top priorities. In France, science and innovation are clearly priority number one, number two and number three. We are investing $50 billion over a period of two years in science and higher education. This is an unprecedented investment that offers many new opportunities for French-American cooperation. The good news is that relations between our two countries have never been closer than today. And Dr. Elachi represents the best in that partnership."