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…


AAPA meets Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

On Monday, June 25 the AAPA met with the French minister of economics and finance, Bruno Le Maire. Le Maire received the organization in his offices at the Ministry of Finance. The Minister gave a broad overview of French president Macron’s plans for France and Europe. Le Maire said Europe must impose itself as a counterweight, between China and the US. « We have European values that are…


Huge success for the 2018 AAPA Gala

Hats off to Canada! They hosted a fabulous party for our press association on June 20 at Canadian Ambassador Isabelle Hudon's gorgeous residence and garden. We had a record turnout of 130 members and guests.


Pascal Lamy remains optismistic about the future of trade

  Pascal Lamy, who was director-general of the World Trade Organization for two terms from 2005 to 2013, talked to 25 members of the AAPA at a breakfast meeting at Chez Françoise in late May. The meeting came just as US President Donald Trump was about to introduce tariffs on his European allies for aluminum and steel and as the US threatened sanctions on European firms doing business in…


French Bill Gates Says Giving is the Way of the Future

Twenty years ago as an enthusiastic entrepreneur,  Alexandre Mars, confidently predicted the success of the Internet and the mobile telephone. Today, as a middle-aged philanthropist (having profited himself from his predictions), he is forecasting that corporate giving is the next big thing. Mars spoke to the AAPA on Friday May 18 at a breakfast gathering at Strategies & Corp in Paris. He now…


Le Monde boss Jérôme Fenoglio tells AAPA how his paper has managed to thrive in the current grim media landscape

Plans for an English edition of Le Monde, combating fake news, and how the leading French daily is - finally - doing rather nicely in a changed and ever-changing media landscape: these and many other topics were covered when Le Monde editor Jérôme Fenoglio hosted the AAPA. The event was held on March 27 at the newspaper's premises in the 13th arrondissement, where the imposing building's grand…


‘Sociologist of emotions’ Eva Illouz on #MeToo and French versus ‘Anglo-Saxon’ sexual mores

The US-educated Franco-Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz spoke to the Anglo-American Press Association for two hours on February 21st at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, where she teaches. Illouz is a leading expert in the study of feminism and male-female relationships. She explained how the #MeToo movement sparked by accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein is…


2018

Dear Members, A short note to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year (and belatedly posting this message on our website a tad later than it was sent out by email). As you will all likely know by now, members elected me president of the association at the annual general meeting in December. Thank you again for your confidence in me, and in the new Secretary General Cathy Nolan as well…


Benjamin Griveaux provides insider’s view of the Macron administration

Brexit, Germany, European parliamentary elections, the economy, Islam in France, and Corsican nationalism were among the many topics government spokesman and cabinet member Benjamin Griveaux discussed with the AAPA at a meeting on February 12. Griveaux was spokesman for Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign and over lunch with 28 members of the Association, he recounted the foundation of Macron’s…


Macron is no revolutionary but has given France a much-need makeover, says telecom tycoon Xavier Niel

President Emmanuel Macron has not revolutionised France but he has given the country a much-needed image makeover, telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel told the AAPA during a meeting on January 24. Niel met with the association at Station F, a huge start-up incubator housed in a former railway depot near the Seine river which Macron inaugurated a month after coming to power last year. Station F's…