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[5 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on CGT union leader Martinez vows to keep up the fight against Macron reforms]
CGT union leader Martinez vows to keep up the fight against Macron reforms

Philippe Martinez, the leader of the hardline CGT union, conceded during his January 11 meeting with the AAPA that he had failed to prevent President Macron’s labour law reform.  But he vowed to continue fighting tooth and nail to prevent France becoming more like Britain – in his eyes a land of zero-hours contracts, diminishing workers’ rights, and official contempt for the unemployed.

Asked if he thought that Mr Macron was hoping to emulate Margaret Thatcher in her epic battle with Britain’s unions in the 1980s, Mr Martinez replied: “His aim …

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[28 Jul 2017 | Comments Off on Macron’s Labour Market Reforms Crucial: Medef Chief]
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 …

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[9 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on AXA CEO Says Brexit is No Display of Leadership]
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 …

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[7 Jun 2016 | Comments Off on Tax Professionals Brief AAPA On Intrusive U.S. Law]
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 …

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[2 May 2016 | Comments Off on PSA’s Car-Racing Boss Tavares Meets the AAPA]
PSA’s Car-Racing Boss Tavares Meets the AAPA

A dozen AAPA members now have a better grasp of CEO compensation, vehicle emissions standards, labor relations and how to pull a 200-year-old company from the brink of bankruptcy after meeting with Carlos Tavares, the fast-revving chief executive of Groupe PSA.
Speaking at a relaxed breakfast at PSA’s Paris headquarters, Mr. Tavares revealed that he had been motivated by other factors than money when he had accepted in 2014 to take the helm of a company that was nearly bankrupt and was being kept alive by transfusions of cash from shareholders …

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[19 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on Uber Lays Out its French Woes to the AAPA]
Uber Lays Out its French Woes to the AAPA

14 stalwarts of the AAPA who met Uber France chief Thibaud Simphal on Feb. 24 came away with a better understanding of the controversy and legal battle being waged between the upstart digital economy car-riding company and entrenched French interests.
The timing of the meeting was perfect given the ongoing taxi wars in France and the government’s promise to help out the traditional cabbies. However, it was a little too perfect, as it was in the middle of M. Simphal’s trial for various charges relating to the now-scrapped UberPop service, which …

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[12 May 2015 | Comments Off on Eurozone’s Greek Strategy Is Flawed: Piketty]
Eurozone’s Greek Strategy Is Flawed: Piketty

It would be a catastrophe for the Eurozone if Greece were pushed out,” Thomas Piketty, France’s ‘super economist’ told over 30 members of the AAPA, as it would “spell the beginning of the end for the single currency”.
Mr. Piketty, author of the best-selling book ‘Capital in the 21st century,’ met with over 30 AAPA members at the Paris School of Economics where he gave his views on everything from France’s socialist government under President Francois Hollande, the UK general election, the Eurozone’s future and his specialised topic of growing inequality …

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[23 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on French Finance Minister Urges UK to Stay in EU]
French Finance Minister Urges UK to Stay in EU


Britain and the European Union as a whole would lose out if the U.K. were to opt to leave the EU, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has warned.
“If the UK forfeits its place in the EU, then Europe would be weakened and the UK would also be worse off. It has to stay in,” he told over 20 AAPA members over breakfast at the Finance Ministry on Nov. 20.
“But the British will be British, just like the French will be French”, Mr. Sapin said. He noted that France will benefit …

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[3 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Pascal Lamy Doubts Trade Sanctions Against Russia’s Putin Will Change Much]
Pascal Lamy Doubts Trade Sanctions Against Russia’s Putin Will Change Much

As the US and the EU consider tougher, coordinated  economic sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and possible, similar plans for  other Russian-speaking regions, Pascal Lamy, who stepped down as head of the World Trade Organization last autumn, told members March 24 that sanctions have not worked in most previous cases and doubts they will work now.
“Sanctions did work against South Africa’s apartheid policies and Iran’s military nuclear program, but they rarely work,” Lamy said at the headquarters of the Notre Europe think tank he helped establish. He …

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[2 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Airbus CEO Hits Out at Boeing Over Subsidies]
Airbus CEO Hits Out at Boeing Over Subsidies

Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Brégier slammed Boeing Co when he met with the AAPA on March 20, saying Boeing’s planned 777X wide-body airliner is the most subsidised aircraft in the world.
The E.U. and the U.S. have been at loggerheads for years over claims and counter-claims of unfair subsidies for their commercial aircraft building champions, and are engaged in a protracted dispute inside the World Trade Organization that will take years to resolve. For its part, Boeing claims that Airbus benefits from easy-terms aircraft program launch aid from the European states …