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[13 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on France’s State of Emergency Has Huge Economic, Social Costs]
France’s State of Emergency Has Huge Economic, Social Costs

It cannot enforce its recommendations, but the French government’s human rights advisory body has been vocal and sometimes effective in criticizing such hot-button subjects as France’s ongoing state of emergency, the fate of migrants, and the right of Muslim women to wear head-to-toe covering burkinis on public beaches, its head says.

For Christine Lazerges, a professor of penal law at Sorbonne University and president of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), the state of emergency has produced enormous economic and social costs.
While the rights body did not object …

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[22 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on ESA Briefs AAPA on Mars Exploration Plans]
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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[17 Dec 2015 | Comments Off on AAPA Rounds off 2015 with a Convivial AGM]
AAPA Rounds off 2015 with a Convivial AGM

Close to 30 AAPA members converged on the Marais on Dec. 14 for another convivial Annual General Meeting.
This was the last to be presided over by President John Keating, who has served an unprecedented four-year stretch at the helm of the association.
He thanked all of those who have worked hard to bring in more members, exciting guests – we had a record 18 last year – and preserve the solid financial position that continues to allow the organization to subsidize special events like the annual gala and to …

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[13 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Journalists Have a Future, Publicis CEO Tells AAPA]
Journalists Have a Future, Publicis CEO Tells AAPA

“There is such a profusion of information out there today, such a big news flow, that we need to be served by professionals,” Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO Maurice Levy told two dozen AAPA members on Nov. 6.
“In the last decade there has been a profusion of blogs and communications from ‘citizens,’ all co-producing news. This trend is now being reversed. The tide has turned. There have been too many cases where the information has been incorrect,” he said.
M. Levy was speaking to us at a breakfast meeting on the …

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[21 Dec 2014 | Comments Off on AAPA’s AGM Sets a Road Map for the Future]
AAPA’s AGM Sets a Road Map for the Future

Making the AAPA more socially relevant to its members was the main theme of our 2014 Annual General Meeting, held on Dec. 17 once again chez John Morris, our doyen member.
 
Opening the meeting, President John Keating reported to some 30 participants that the AAPA had had another successful year, noting that membership had expanded, we remain in robust financial shape, and our activities are on the rise. A main task that faces the future committee over the coming year will be to foster social contacts among the members, he said.
Treasurer …

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[13 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on Move to Digital Prompts IHT Name Change to INYT]
Move to Digital Prompts IHT Name Change to INYT

Three weeks before the scheduled death of the International Herald Tribune and its resurrection as the International New York Times, Richard Stevenson, the paper’s last editor, received some 20 members of the Anglo-American Press Association to explain the decision to rebrand the 126-year-old Paris-based institution. The meeting, which took place at the IHT offices in La Defense, was also attended by Larry Ingrassia, the New York Times’ assistant managing editor for new initiatives. Over snacks and wine, AAPA members, several of whom once worked for the IHT, asked pointed questions …

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[23 May 2013 | Comments Off on AAPA Gets a Peek Behind the Curtain at Mediapart]
AAPA Gets a Peek Behind the Curtain at Mediapart

Some 30 AAPA members were given a fascinating insight into the philosophy behind the French on-line investigative newspaper Mediapart, in a lively two-hour discussion with Mediapart’s founder Edwy Plenel on May 15.
During the meeting, which took place in Mediapart’s editorial offices in the 12th arrondissement, Mr. Plenel outlined what had motivated him to create the fast-growing publication whose circulation has been boosted in recent years by a succession of revelations of misconduct by prominent figures of the French establishment.
He shrugged off accusations that Mediapart is a muck-raking organ bent on …

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[20 Apr 2012 | Pas de commentaires]
Longuet Briefs AAPA On Defense Issues

 
In another first for the AAPA, our members met with Defense Minister Gerard Longuet for breakfast at the ministry on the rue Saint Dominique on April 6. Questions covered a broad range, from the crisis in Mali to European missile defense and the stalemate over Iran.
In an open and lively exchange, Longuet said France would definitely give logistical support to a regional, African force to halt the insurgency in northern Mali and he said the United States was also capable of providing support.
“We have the material means, like the US, …

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[20 Apr 2012 | Pas de commentaires]
Juppé Outlines Foreign Policy Concerns To The AAPA

“It’s been a long time since I’ve stopped believing in such a thing as ‘off’,” quipped French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, before launching into an expansive review of foreign policy issues for 30 AAPA members last April 5 after being asked if he was “on-the-record.”
For almost two hours at the Quai d’Orsay, Juppe spoke about US-French and Franco-British relations, the crisis in Mali, elections in Senegal, the Syrian conflict, Iran, Europe’s economic and financial woes, ecology and sustainable development, European integration and even the forthcoming French elections.
Relations with Britain are …

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[10 Apr 2012 | Pas de commentaires]
US Envoy To UNESCO Provides Food For Thought

 The US Ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion, must have heard the journalistic injunction “follow the breakfast” as there was an elegant table laid out for some 15 AAPA members April 3 at the ambassador’s residence in the 16th arrondissement. Not all press breakfasts are so well prepared, as those who have bitten into dry, industrial-quality croissants while scribbling in their notebooks on an empty stomach at early morning tables will know.
Killion talked about the effects of the US axing of contributions to the UNESCO budget, and the determination of the …