Pompidou Center’s Attraction Still Rising After 40 Years

Terror attacks scared off visitors to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay last year, but the numbers kept on rising for the Pompidou Centre, its president Serge Lasvignes told AAPA members over lunch on Jan. 11 as the centre marks its 40th anniversary.
The nine percent rise at the Pompidou – 3.33 million people turned up in 2016 – was because the bulk of its visitors are French and they see the modern art museum as their own local cultural centre to which they return again and again, Mr. Lasvignes explained.
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Politics

[10 Jan 2017 | par AAPA France | ]
Marine Le Pen Asserts Controversial Positions on EU, Russia

The AAPA kicked off 2017 with a news-making event on Jan. 6 when nearly 60 members met with one of France’s top political personalities – National Front party leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
The timing was ideal, with the French presidential elections just four months away and Ms. Le Pen increasingly tipped to secure a place in the runoff round of voting on May 7.
After Brexit and Donald Trump, the world’s eyes are now on Le Pen. Will a populist wave also carry France’s far right leader to the …

About AAPA

[24 Dec 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
Report on the AAPA’s Annual General Meeting Dec. 16

Twenty-five members attended our AGM on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Brasserie de l’Assemblée in the 7th, which started at 7 pm, lasted one hour and was followed by some socializing over drinks and hors-d’oeuvres.
1. President’s report
President David Pearson opened the meeting by looking back at 2016, which with 18 events equaled 2015’s record number. Membership increased and finances remained robust.
There was a broad variety of events, although our guests didn’t include any high-profile ministers or politicians. Looking to 2017, one priority is to get high-value figures ahead of …

Culture

[14 Dec 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
Le Canard Enchainé Celebrates 100 Years of Needling the Establishment

PARIS—Drawing on his large stock of entertaining anecdotes, Erik Emptaz, the editor of Le Canard Enchainé, looked back over the French satirical weekly’s 100 years of existence when he met the AAPA on Dec. 7.
A solid turnout at the Bonne Bière heard Emptaz comment on a vast range of subjects, including the paper’s independence from advertisers and big business shareholders, the recent surprises of Brexit, the US presidential election, and François Fillon as the right/centre candidate for next year’s French presidential election.
Emptaz, who joined the Canard in 1978 and …

Meeting

[13 Dec 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
France’s State of Emergency Has Huge Economic, Social Costs

It cannot enforce its recommendations, but the French government’s human rights advisory body has been vocal and sometimes effective in criticizing such hot-button subjects as France’s ongoing state of emergency, the fate of migrants, and the right of Muslim women to wear head-to-toe covering burkinis on public beaches, its head says.

For Christine Lazerges, a professor of penal law at Sorbonne University and president of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), the state of emergency has produced enormous economic and social costs.
While the rights body did not object …

Society

[23 Nov 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
Islam Foundation Head Says Muslims Should Try More to Integrate

France’s decision to name a non-Muslim to head its Foundation for Islam, in the wake of the terrorist attack during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice this summer, was always controversial.
Since then, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, a hardline secularist, has not backed away from expressing even more divisive views. He told a group of two dozen AAPA members on Nov. 7 that it was Muslims who needed to try harder to adapt to France, not vice versa. “Out of friendship for my compatriots of Muslim origin I’m asking them to make a little …