ESA Briefs AAPA on Mars Exploration Plans

Next month, the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli module is scheduled to land on Mars, the first stage of a landmark mission to determine whether there is evidence of life on the red planet, a group of AAPA members learned on Sept. 14.
The joint ESA-Russian Roscosmos project will pave the way for a second mission in 2020 to dig for life under the surface. If successful, the Oct. 19 landing will represent a significant moment for European space exploration, Fabio Favata, of the ESA’s directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, told …

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[9 Aug 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
AXA CEO Says Brexit is No Display of Leadership

Henri de Castries did not mince his words when speaking about the Brexit fallout to the Anglo-American press Association in Paris recently:
“When you see two old Etonians (UK Prime Minister David Cameron and former London Mayor Boris Johnson) playing with their country this way, it doesn’t show a lot of leadership or vision. And this game has been played for purely internal political reasons.”
The outgoing (as of Sept 1) Chairman and CEO of AXA and his successor, Thomas Buberl hosted some two dozen AAPA members for lunch at AXA’s headquarters …


[4 Jul 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
French Deputy Is Appalled by U.K.’s Brexit Vote

The vote by British citizens in favor of the U.K. leaving the European Union has created a “ludicrous” situation, with the proponents of exiting the 28-nation group not seeming to have prepared a plan of action, the head of the Foreign Affairs Commission of France’s National Assembly told the AAPA.
Speaking to over a dozen AAPA members in the commission’s meeting room on June 27, just a few days after the U.K. referendum, Elisabeth Guigou noted that the campaign of the “leave” faction had ignited xenophobic and racist tendencies in part …


[26 Jun 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
Israeli Envoy Reaffirms Need for Direct Talks With Palestine

Future discussions on breaking the deadlock between Israel and Palestine require a direct dialog without preconditions between the two states, and not a multilateral approach as favored by Palestinian leaders, Israeli Ambassador Aliza Bin-Noun told us on June 21.
Speaking to 15 AAPA members over breakfast at the Israeli embassy, Ms. Bin-Noun reasserted Israel’s hostility to French-led attempts to broker a peace agreement. Some 30 diplomats and ministers from Arab and western countries, the U.N. and the E.U. met in Paris at the initiative of the French government on June 3, …


[25 Jun 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
AAPA’s June Gala Was Another Big Hit

The 2016 AAPA Gala was another resounding success this year despite the showery weather that kept us indoors. Held on Tuesday, June 14, at the residence of our honorary co-president U.S. Ambassador Jane D. Hartley, it attracted 87 members and their guests over appetizers and free-flowing champagne and wine.
U.K. Ambassador Sir Julian King, our other honorary co-president, joined in the festivities. In speeches, both ambassadors lauded the work of the press in these difficult and polarized times in each nation and in France and the European Union at large.
Ambassador Hartley …


[7 Jun 2016 | par AAPA France | ]
Tax Professionals Brief AAPA On Intrusive U.S. Law

Tax professionals John Fredenberger and Delphine Brett-Ziller and Lucy Laederich, former president of the Association of American Residents Overseas (AARO), shared their expertise with the AAPA on a recent U.S. law that affects the financial affairs of Americans abroad and is making them rethink their US citizenship.
They spoke to 25 AAPA members at an informal gathering with refreshments kindly hosted by AAPA doyen John Morris in his apartment on May 25.
Originally aimed at cracking down on money laundering and tax evasion by Americans hiding financial assets abroad, the 2010 Foreign …