I am about to apply for jobs in the USA, with a Canadian B.A. and the French equivalent of an M.Sc. I had a GPA of only 3.1 for my bachelor, but managed to receive a "Mention Très Bien", which is the highest academic distinction in France, obtained with the GPA-equivalent of 16/20 or more.
All grade conversion charts I could find online consider this the equivalent of having a GPA of 4.0, e.g. this one in the USA (must select "France" from dropdown) or that one from McGill University in Canada (PDF, sorry about the inconvenience). How can I highlight this on my résumé in a way that makes sense to American recruiters?
In the current version, I wrote: Mention Très Bien (≈ GPA of 4.0). I also considered replacing "GPA of 4.0" with "summa cum laude", which I believe to be pretty much equivalent.
I am quite convinced though that recruiters will not simply take my word for that, but that I cannot simply write something like "summa cum laude" since that is not actually what is written on my diploma. I could include a footnote with one of the links I gave above, but a résumé with a reference section doesn't sound very appealing.