Energy Will Never Be Cheap, CEO of French Oil Giant Total Tells AAPA

There is no danger of the world running out of oil and gas any time soon, but it will never be cheap, the head of France’s largest and most profitable company told more than 20 AAPA members at a breakfast meeting on Dec. 11. Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil and gas giant Total SA, told us that new discoveries and technological advances have increased the oil industry's…


French Minister Confident UK’s Future Lies In EU

 Amid widespread reports that Britain was gradually easing out of European Union obligations and might block the next proposed EU budget, European Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told some twenty five of us over breakfast Nov. 13 that intense efforts were underway to resolve critical issues with London in anticipation of the key EU summit meeting Nov. 22-23.   He urged an agreement at the…


An American In Paris Probes The French Psyche

AAPA member Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of "French Toast" and "French Fried", continues her probing into the French way of life with her third book on the subject: "Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French" (St. Martin's Press, Oct. 2012). Analyzing the various forms that French expressions of joie de vivre take, she comes up with a few theories of her own.  For…


UNESCO Leader Appeals For US To Resume Funding

  UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova highlighted her organization's financial plight when she met with a dozen AAPA members at a breakfast meeting at UNESCO headquarters on October 11. "UNESCO needs all our members," she said, calling it "unfair that UNESCO is caught in the Middle East conflict" over a US law requiring a halt to payments to international organizations that admit Palestine…


Former ECB Chief Discusses Euro Zone's Woes

Governments of the euro zone that are struggling to prevent the euro crisis developing into a full-blown depression are navigating in uncharted waters, Jean-Claude Trichet told the AAPA on June 27. The former head of the European Central Bank told two dozen AAPA members that the euro zone has successfully weathered three crises since the Lehman Brothers collapse sparked a financial maelstrom in…


Euro Zone's Leaden Feet Frustrate Britain's Envoy

  British Ambassador Peter Ricketts sipped Earl Grey tea with two dozen AAPA members over breakfast at the top of the Paris Thomson Reuters building, displaying his diplomatic knack for giving very little away and only letting the genteel demeanor slip briefly while expressing Britain’s frustration with the slowness of euro zone leaders to come up with a convincing solution to the debt…


The 2012 Gala: Raining down good cheer

Rain or shine, the Anglo-American Press Association’s Annual Gala is one of the year’s highlights. This year it was definitely rain. But the inclement weather dampened no spirits.   This year the hosts were U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin--who along with the British Ambassador is an honorary AAPA co-president-- and his wife Susan Tolson.   The Ambassador welcomed members and guests to…


An Evening with Guy Wyser-Pratte

  We were twenty-odd members and guests, and with a "terrorist" in our midst at John Morris'  loft on the evening of June 11th.   The "terrorist" label for Guy Wyser-Pratte came from a French financial journal that called him an ex-marine qui terrorize nos patrons.  Wyser-Pratte, who has been called other names, including corporate raider, in his forty years of shareholder activism, did not…


Meeting with Khadija al-Salami

     On May 10, AAPA members were treated to a viewing of Yememi filmmaker Khadija al-Salami's  "Amina,'' followed by a thoughtful discussion about the current situation in Yemen and the Middle East. The event was hosted by AAPA President John Keating at his apartment. Ms. al-Salami, who lives in Paris, is considered to be the first female filmmaker & producer in Yemen. Originally…


Lazard Chief Gives AAPA Members His Take On France, Europe

    Lazard France CEO Matthieu Pigasse cut a smooth figure as he strode into Lazard’s boardroom for a breakfast meeting with some 20 AAPA members on April 30. His slim, pin striped suit and relaxed, open-shirt look were a surprising contrast to the somber portraits on the walls of the men who have run this venerable advisory and asset management firm for the last century and a half. At…