Will Madame Le Pen Make a Comeback?

The AAPA met with Rassemblement National head Marine Le Pen on Feb 15, 2019. The last time we saw France’s right wing figurehead two years ago she was running for president and riding high in the polls. Le Pen may have lost to Macron in May 2017, but she’s far from finished. As the French president struggles to regain his footing after the yellow vest uprising, Le Pen’s popularity is steadily…


Professor Webber discusses Europe's immediate problems

  "Europe must show it can provide solutions to problems facing people today," INSEAD Political Science Professor Douglas Webber told the AAPA on March 12 at Cafe Falstaff. "It's not enough today just to keep the peace," he added, referring to one of the key pillars of European unity following WWII.   Professor Webber spoke broadly about his recently-published book, European…


President's message for 2019

Dear Members, A short and somewhat belated note to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.  The AAPA is in full swing for 2019, having already brought you Delphine Horvilleur, one of France's three female rabbis whose new book on anti-Semitism has alas proved very timely,  and Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader whose party is neck and neck in the polls with Emmanuel Macron's for the…


French anti-Semitism 'first sign of a national crisis', Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur tells AAPA

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur of the Mouvement Libéral Juif de France told AAPA members of her own path to the rabbinate (she was ordained in New York because no French institution will ordain women rabbis), and discussed her new book, Réflexions sur la question antisémite, which examines anti-Semitism from the Bible to the present day. She emphasized that in France today the problem is coming from…


Interpol Chief Warns of New Terrorist Threat

Europe is facing a new “Isis 2.0” wave of terrorism from radicalised individuals returning from conflict zones in the Middle East to their home countries and jailed jihadists who will be completing relatively short prison terms in the next few years, Interpol’s Secretary General Jürgen Stock told the AAPA. Speaking to some 30 members on Dec. 19, Mr. Stock remarked that prisons act as incubators…


Macron's advisors talk diplomacy with the AAPA

Three of  Emmanuel Macron's foreign policy advisors - Philippe Étienne, Aurélien Lechevallier, and Clément Beaune - met with members of the Anglo-American Press Association in an off-the-record event at the Elysée during which they spoke at length of the president's objectives for France on the European and world stage. Photo: AAPA


Ex-NATO chief, former U.S. Homeland launch campaign against election meddling

Former NATO chief Anders Rasmussen and ex-U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff sounded the alarm over meddling in elections by Russia and other nations during a meeting with the AAPA on November 12. “Russia has declared war against our democratic system,” Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister said. “Putin wrongly sees our values as a threat.” Rasmussen and Chertoff have teamed up…


JCDecaux bosses talk Vélib, bus shelters, bundling, and the digital revolution

The two leading executives of JCDecaux, the global out-of-home (OOH) advertising company, held an on-the-record briefing at their Paris Headquarters for the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris. The executives are sons of the founder: Jean-Francois Decaux, aged 59, is the Co-CEO and Jean-Charles Decaux, aged 49, is the President of the Board, and the Co- General Director, Some topics…


Professor Greenwald talks to AAPA members about big economic issues

On October 15, the AAPA met Columbia University Professor Bruce Greenwald, a leading authority on global economics and "value investing" -- the art, or science, of picking stocks, as Warren Buffett amazingly seems to do, that have been forgotten or sidelined but are potential winners. In our 90-minute breakfast meeting at Falstaff Café, Prof. Greenwald touched on a wide range of big economic…


Farewell to Sara Llana

Members of the AAPA gathered recently for a picnic in Paris’ Buttes Chaumont Park to say farewell to Sara Llana who’s been a member for several years. Sara served as secretary general and established the club’s monthly Friday night happy hour tradition. She moves to Canada with her family where she will be the Christian Science Monitor’s Toronto correspondent. Sara was a vivacious, active and…