Machines Aren’t Our Friends, Media Moguls Tell AAPA

In this new industrial age, machines are going after white collar jobs…brain power jobs. In the words of Hilary Clinton, “Machines are not our friends.” That thought was echoed by Fred Raillard & Farid Mokart at a breakfast gathering for the AAPA in the Paris headquarters of their media company FF Creative Community on December 12. “Regulations are the only thing that will save us,” Fred added, referring to the need to steady the pace of the rapidly changing tech environment.
As their comms director, Jalila Levesque, told us, Fred Raillard and Farid …

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Politics

[20 Nov 2017 | par AAPA France | ]
Diplomat Briefs AAPA on Franco-American Relations

One year after the election of Donald Trump to the White House, relations between France and the United States remain “extremely good”, and are underpinned by military cooperation between the two countries, a senior French diplomat told the AAPA on Nov. 17.
“The relationship between France and the U.S. has never been so intense in military terms,” the official told the group of nearly 40 AAPA members at a meeting once again generously hosted in the auditorium of Bloomberg News.
France and the U.S. are fighting together on many fronts, notably in …

About AAPA

[25 Sep 2017 | par AAPA France | ]
Seine Cruise Celebrates AAPA’s 110th Anniversary

To celebrate the 110th year of the AAPA’s founding, 85 members and their guests took to the water for a celebratory evening cruise on the Seine on Sept. 16.
Boarding the “Henri IV,” at the picturesque Pont Neuf, we were treated to plentiful food and drink. The champagne was flowing like water thanks to a stash of left-over bubbly from previous summer Galas.
Top-class entertainment was supplied for 90 minutes by Lithuanian-raised, America-educated jazz singer Viktorija Gečyté and her two accompanists, who did their best to overcome the poor acoustics and the …

Culture

[15 Sep 2017 | par AAPA France | ]
Hachette CEO’s Downbeat View of the Book Market

The market for books whether print or digital should remain flat in the next three to five years and then decline slightly over the following decade, according to Arnaud Nourry, chairman and CEO of Hachette Livre.

But the picture could be bleaker, as books are holding up better than all other culture and entertainment sectors, he told the Association over an elegant lunch in the group’s two-year old head office in Vanves on Sept. 8.
The market decline will come as younger generations turn from reading to other forms of entertainment that …

Economics

[28 Jul 2017 | par AAPA France | ]
Macron’s Labour Market Reforms Crucial: Medef Chief

President Emmanuel Macron represents the last chance to reform France’s rigid labour market, but his reforms should not make the country end up like the US or the UK, Pierre Gattaz told AAPA members over breakfast at Medef headquarters on June 23.
“France won’t have another opportunity. Now we have no option,” the head of France’s biggest employers’ federation said.
Gattaz and his fellow business leaders are pleased with Macron’s economic programme, and back his plans to give bosses more power to negotiate conditions with workers at company level and to cap the severance pay awarded by …

About AAPA

[30 Jun 2017 | par AAPA France | ]
AAPA MEMBERS FLOCK TO ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY

Dozens of AAPA members and their guests ignored a searing heatwave to gather for the association’s annual garden party, held on June 21 at the ornate residence of the U.S. ambassador.
Neither the muggy conditions nor the absence of the host ambassador – still to be named by the Trump Administration – could dampen the enthusiasm of the 58 members and guests who sipped champagne and exchanged banter in the 19th century Hôtel de Pontalba and its manicured gardens.
As AAPA President David Pearson quipped in his remarks, the unseasonable heat was …