Helping in Trouble Spots Carries Risks, Fabius Says

France is eager to help out in the world’s trouble spots, but there’s also a risk that a big Western power coming to the aid of the citizens of a foreign country can actually aggravate a situation, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told more than 30 AAPA members on April 16.
 
Meeting “on-the-record” for over an hour with us in the ornate salons of the Quai d’Orsay, Mr. Fabius said: “There are indeed many, many crises, difficulties, hot spots in the world. The risk – and we should bring what help …

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Culture

[30 Apr 2015 | par AAPA France | ]
Philharmonie Seeks to Break Down Social Barriers

 
AAPA members enjoyed a rare privilege on March 25 when they visited the Philharmonie de Paris, the city’s brand-new classical music concert hall.
 
Located in the north east of Paris near the Porte de Pantin, a popular, working class area known better for its “Zenith” rock and pop music venue, the Philharmonie opened in January to resounding success, confounding critics who predicted that it wouldn’t attract the well-heeled classical music aficionados who frequent concert halls in the more genteel areas of Paris.
 
The project was first conceived in 2006 out of a …

Culture

[29 Mar 2015 | par AAPA France | ]
AAPA Meets Culture Minister Pellerin

Getting big multinational corporations like Google Inc to pay more to local internet providers for the bandwidth they use was just one of the topics when Culture and Communication Minister Fleur Pellerin met the AAPA on March 11.
 
Speaking off-the-record to around 20 AAPA members in the gilded Salon des Maréchaux of  her ministry near Palais Royal, Ms. Pellerin touched on a number of topics, including France’s position on excluding culture in the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership between the European Union and the U.S., and ensuring that people …

Society

[22 Mar 2015 | par AAPA France | ]
Imam Lays Out the Challenges Facing French Muslims

Islam in France must respect and adapt to the country’s secular creed and be independent of foreign influence, but France must also better understand and respect Islamic history and its achievements, says Tareq Oubrou, rector and imam of the main mosque of Bordeaux.
 
“Islam has always been transmitted through cultures, so when the culture changes the relationship with religion must change as well,” Oubrou said during a March 10 meeting with over 20 AAPA members. “The culture of French Muslims is Western, so they must find a way to integrate their …

Culture

[18 Mar 2015 | par AAPA France | ]
AAPA Gets A Sneak Preview of Châtelet’s “Singin’ in the Rain”

Some 30 AAPA members and their guests now have a better idea of what goes into producing a world-renowned musical after their privileged behind-the-scenes visit to the Théâtre du Châtelet’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain” on March 6.
 
We enjoyed an hour-long tête-à-tête with the show’s director Robert Carson, choreographer Stephen Mear, dramatist Ian Burton, musical director Gareth Valentine, and the director of the Châtelet Theatre, Jean-Luc Choplin.
 
The show opened March 12, runs through March 26, and will return to Paris for a second run at the Châtelet for …

Society

[10 Mar 2015 | par AAPA France | ]
AAPA Briefed by Terrorism Expert Bauer

There is no way to fully counter terrorism, and there are no “lone wolves,” AAPA members learned during a lively discussion on Feb. 23 with French criminologist and security and terrorism expert Alain Bauer. All the terrorists who have been identified so far have been “connected” in some way, and most of their funding is coming from their own, often criminal, activities, he said. “The expression ‘lone wolves’ is a good way for intelligence services to explain how they failed,” he said.
 
M. Bauer pointed to some shortcomings in the French …