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[27 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Huge success for the 2018 AAPA Gala]

Hats off to Canada! They hosted a fabulous party for our press association on June 20 at Canadian Ambassador Isabelle Hudon’s gorgeous residence and garden.
We had a record turnout of 130 members and guests.

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[19 Jan 2018 | Comments Off on Mediapart shows independent news is possible and even profitable, says Edwy Plenel]

The investigative online newspaper Mediapart enters its 11th year with a growing paid readership, a healthy balance sheet, and its twin pillars of independence and diversity fully intact, co-founder and publishing editor Edwy Plenel told the AAPA on January 9.
When Mediapart was launched 10 years ago on March 16, 2008, virtually no-one – apart from the founders and the 25 staff- believed a paying online news service could survive. In those days, the received wisdom was that news on internet had to be free.
They were wrong. Mediapart’s net profit rose …

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[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on 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 …

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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 …

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[24 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on 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 …

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[14 Nov 2011 | Pas de commentaires]

In our second meeting with him in just over a year, on October 27, Jean-François Copé, close ally of President Nicolas Sarkozy and UMP secretary general, provided insights and blunt commentary on the looming presidential election next spring, and on why he thought there was little if any debate here on France’s foreign policy.
We met at UMP headquarters over breakfast, almost entirely on-the-record, a format he said he would like to continue with the AAPA. He suggested a third meeting next February, when the presidential campaign will move into high-gear. …

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[14 Dec 2010 | Pas de commentaires]

Dear Association Member,
Our Annual General Meeting at John Morris’ home on Nov. 24 was a convivial and productive evening. We discussed a number of topics including: our healthy finances, a recap of the many varied guests we received and events which were organized during the past year, our membership tally, and our ever-evolving website. And, of course, we voted for our officers who will serve in the coming year.
I was asked to serve as president for another year, was nominated and elected.
Below is the list of other officers who were …

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[22 Nov 2009 | Pas de commentaires]

Some thirty members had a first-hand chance to probe Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova’s background…

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[20 Oct 2009 | Pas de commentaires]

David Wingeate Pike’s new book /Mauthausen: L’Enfer Nazi en Autriche/ (Toulouse: Editions Privat), with a preface by the survivor Pierre Daix, is out in the bookshops.

Georgina Oliver’s husband, Felix Rozen’s latest exhibition (left) is at the Musée des Année 30 in Boulogne Billancourt. Barry James’ son Sebastian ( has just completed a monumental mural painting on the Crédit Lyonnais fire (below) for the fire-station in the 18th arrondissement, to be inaugurated January 7.

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[18 Oct 2009 | Pas de commentaires]

At the onset of the Christmas shopping period, Lady Holmes, wife of our honorary co-president, the British Ambassador in Paris, Sir John Holmes, greeted a group of AAPA members and guests, upstairs in the “inner enclave” of the Embassy Residence, before lunging into a show and-tell presentation of her successful cookbook, dubbed “Simply British!”