D-Day Anniversary Visit to Normandy

AAPA members (15 in all) took a day trip to Normandy, April 23, 2024, in advance of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings June 6, 1944 -- the  beginning of the end of W orld War II in Europe. Intent on learning about how the day unfolded and what occurred in the weeks and months following the landings, we visited key sites and met with officials in charge of the Normandy D-Day anniversary…


Recognizing D-Day's Forgotten Black Soldiers 80 Years On 

AAPA member Linda Hervieux talks to us about the forgotten combat soldiers of D-Day, the all-Black 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, among the first to land on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Published in 2015, it is an episode in the upcoming National Geographic/Disney+ documentary series Erased: WW's Heroes of Color. The book’s theme of racism in America, particularly in the armed services, is…


Christopher Weissberg, representing French citizens in North America

  AAPA members had breakfast with Christopher Weissberg on May 13, 2024, to hear the Assemblée Nationale deputy's views on the outlook for EU and US elections, the increasing restrictions on immigration, and his efforts to serve his 250,000-strong constituency of French citizens residing in the US and Canada. Weissberg  holds meetings throughout North America with his constituents and says their…


Emmanuel Bonne talks to AAPA

Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy advisor Emmanuel Bonne met with over two dozen active members of the Anglo-American Press Association on April 15. Speaking on background, M. Bonne outlined France’s foreign policy priorities at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions while giving us an insight into recent multilateral initiatives involving the Middle East, Ukraine, China, Russia and……


VIGINUM: French defense against cyber-attacks & fake news

AAPA members met with former Lt. Col. Marc-Antoine Brillant, director of VIGINUM, the government body responsible for vigilance and protection against foreign digital interference. VIGINUM is attached to the General Secretariat of Defense and National Security (SGDSN) which is under the authority of the French Prime Minister. Mr. Brillant explained that VIGINUM’s mission is to detect…


Breakfast with H.E. JAWED ASHRAF, Ambassador of India

H.E. Jawed Ashraf, Ambassador of India to the Republic of France and Principality of Monaco, invited members of the AAPA to breakfast at his residence in Paris on April 9 for an on-the-record wide ranging discussion just ten days before India's national elections (April 19 - June 1). India has 968 million registered voters, he pointed out, and the country has installed 1.2 million polling…


US elections key to Ukraine’s future: security analyst François Heisbourg

The outcome of the war in Ukraine will likely turn not only on issues as Europe’s ability to ramp up its defense spending to produce artillery shells for Kyiv, but particularly on what happens in the November US elections, defense and security analyst Francois Heisbourg told AAPA members on March 12 via Zoom. The return of former President Donald Trump to power would be “catastrophic” for…


Visit to the Olympic Aquatic Centre

  On March 6, AAPA became the first group of journalists to visit the newly finished Olympic Aquatic Centre. The Centre claims to be "the only permanent sports facility to be built for the Paris 2024 Games". We were shown around for hours by the two architects, Laure Mériaud and Cécile Gross. We were wowed by what a state-of-the-art 2020s building can look like: made largely of pinewood,…


Ukrainian Ambassador Highlights Need for Western Support

On January 30, the AAPA met for more than an hour with Vadym Omelchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to France and Monaco, at the embassy in Paris.  During the mostly off-the-record meeting, Omelchenko briefed us on the latest on the battlefield in Ukraine, likening it to the "trench warfare" of World War I  and noting that the bilateral deals Ukraine is now making with Germany, France, Britain and…


AAPA visits France’s unicorn DOCTOLIB

On January 12, the AAPA met with Doctolib founder Stanislas Niox-Chateau at the company headquarters in Levallois. Since founding Doctolib in 2013 at the age of 26, Mr Niox-Chateau has grown the company to 2800 employees that serves upwards of 80 million people in France, Germany and Italy. It is now the number one French unicorn company and has truly revolutionized French healthcare.   Mr…