Archive for June, 2011

Christine Lagarde elected head of IMF: American reaction

BBC/AFP: Christine Lagarde will start her five-year term at the IMF on 5 July

As former French Finance Minister has been named IMF head, effective July 5th, and François Baroin has been named her replacement, Le Figaro has an interesting article on Christine Lagarde from an American perspective, as well as a longer article into her path that lead her to Washington.

Meanwhile, she appeared in 2009 on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Check it out here.

Grenoble American Independence Day reception July 1st

France-Etats Unis Grenoble is organizing a reception at the Grenoble city hall (Mairie de Grenoble), with US Lyon Consul Mark Schapiro on hand as well as Michel Destot, the Mayor of Grenoble. Info and invitation below.

You are cordially invited to attend the Reception which will be given to celebrate Independence Day:

Friday July 1st at 6:00 PM
in the lounges of the Grenoble City Hall

On this occasion, the Grenoble Mayor invites us to commemorate July 4th, in presence of all those who support Franco-American friendship. We therefore hope that you will be willing to join us, and that you will invite all the American Citizens in your neighborhood: it is your National Day which will be celebrated !
The U.S. Consul in Lyon, Mark Schapiro, will be with us on this occasion.

American Clubs of France newsletter: events in France

The American Clubs has an extensive list of expat networking events across the country. You can check out the latest listing here. You can sign up for the newsletter on the website. Happy Networking!

Events in the following cities:

Defining Franco-American commercial relations

The new President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC), Elsa Berry, was recently interviewed by French business daily Les Echos on Franco-American business relations.

You can read the article and more on the FACC Chicago website (excerpt below describing the article, with link to article at bottom, in French):

Les Echos Speaks to Ms. Elsa Berry Concerning French-American Relations

Elsa Berry, nouvelle présidente de la Chambre de commerce franco-américaine, souhaite favoriser un accroissement des relations entre les Etats-Unis et la France. Ces relations sont déjà basées sur la coopération, y compris politique et militaire. Pourtant, selon Elsa Berry, “Il existe de multiples opportunités de communication et d’échanges.” Vous pouvez dècouvrir les objectifs annoncés de la présidente de la Chambre de commerce franco-américaine dans cet entretien publié le 6 juin dans Les Echos.

Read the full article in Les Echos here.

Plenty of sunshine ahead in Paris…and France

After a few cloudy days, summer is finally here. Be ready for sunshine in Paris and elsewhere in France. Sunday will particularly be spectacular all over the country (see image below from this website). It will be hot though, hitting up to 85 (29) on Sunday and 92 (33) on Monday! You can check out local weather at Meteo France.

Get out and enjoy the sunshine!

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French national summer sales start today till July 26

Les soldes d'été dureront cinq semaines. PHOTO THIERRY DAVID

Today marks the beginning of the biannual (one in winter, one in summer) national “sales” in most departments in France, les soldes.

Not everything is controlled by the state. Stores and shops can hold sales at other points of the year, just not call them “soldes” (so “discount operations”, “promotions”, etc.).

In most of France, sales will last from June 22nd to July 26th. In a few departments, sales will go from July 6th to August 9th. In some overseas departments and territories (DOM TOM), dates vary as well. You can see a breakdown of sales dates by department on this website.

France’s Fête de la musique June 21, RER interruptions …

Today is the 30th annual Fête de la musique (Festival of music), a French tradition across the country. Despite the rainy weather in Paris, expect bands in the streets (in addition to pubs and bars) of all different flavors.

Learn more about the agenda at the website above.

For those not in Paris, there are many concerts elsewhere in France. Check with your local tourism office or city hall.

In Paris today, there will be some delays on the RER suburban rail lines, notably RER B, which connects downtown Paris to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. Information below from RATP’s website.

Mardi 21 juin 2011, État du trafic à 9h15 : Trafic normal sur les réseaux Métro, Bus et Tramway.

Préavis du syndicat CGT concernant les lignes A et B du RER zone RATP :
Trafic quasi normal.

1 train sur 2 entre Denfert Rochereau et Robinson / Saint Rémy-lès-Chevreuse.
Pas de trafic entre Denfert Rochereau et Gare du Nord.

Prévisions pour la journée :


3 trains sur 4 en moyenne sur la journée
(interconnexion maintenue à Nanterre-Préfecture)
Voir les horaires détaillés
A partir de 20h30 et tout au long de la nuit jusqu’au lendemain matin : Trafic assuré à 100%

De 16h30 à 20h30 : 1 train sur 2 entre Denfert Rochereau et Robinson / Saint Rémy-lès-Chevreuse
Voir les horaires détaillés
Après 20h30 et tout au long de la nuit jusqu’au lendemain matin, 1 train sur 3 entre Denfert Rochereau et Robinson / Massy-Palaiseau / Saint Rémy-lès-Chevreuse.

Nota: Des précisions vous seront communiquées à partir de 9H30 pour le trafic en heures creuses (entre 10h30 et 16H30 et après 20H30).

La RATP met à la disposition de ses voyageurs
un numéro vert : 0 800 15 11 11 et pour les téléphones mobiles :

“Understanding the US Health Industry” conference June 23 in Lyon

AmCham Rhône-Alpes, ERAI and i-Care are hosting a conference on the US healthcare industry reforms in Lyon on June 23. Details and registration information below. I’ve organized AmCham and ERAI events before, I know they bring together very interesting subjects and represent great opportunities for networking as well!

Learn from medical industry players and experts from Rhône-Alpes
that have succeeded on the US market. Their experiences will help you to set up smoothly or boost your business in the United-States.


9:00 – Welcome of participants

9:10 to 9:20 – Introduction by Mark Schapiro, American Consul in Lyon

9:20 to 9:30 – The life science market in Pennsylvania and the upcoming exploratory mission in the fall and the historical cooperation between Rhône-Alpes and the State of Pennsylvania, Lucyna Gravière, Responsable du service Amériques, Direction Europe, Relations internationales et Coopérations, Région Rhône-Alpes

9:30 to 9:50 – Go-to-market strategy for the US market, Pierre Olivier Goineau, CEO, ERYtech Pharma,
Erytech Pharma creates high value products for hospitals, mainly in oncology, hematology and immunology.

9:50 to 10:10 – Demystifying FDA approval? André Joly, R&D Director, Anthogyr
Anthogyr is specialized in the design, manufacturing and sales of global solutions for dental implantology.

10:10 to 10:30 – Clinical trials, comparative elements on clinical trials regulations Europe vs. USA Thomas Roche, lawyer at Roche et Associés, and a specialist in medical affairs.

10.30 to 10:45 – Underlying trends in the US health industry, Donna Willis, Faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (SOM) – Baltimore MD USA, medical education exchange program in oncology with INSERM, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Centre Léon Bérard, also healthcare administration program with l’association GRAPH (Groupe de Recherche et d’Applications Hospitalières):

10:45-11:00 – Q&A

Download your registration form

Meeting Place
Baya Axess – Centre d’affaires de Lyon
3 cours Charlemagne
69002 Lyon – FRANCE

By Train, Métro A, T1, T2 : Perrache station
By car : Perrache car park
access map

How to network with Americans, from a French person perspective

A professional friend of mine, Géraldine, is a communications professional based in Lille and Paris, and she maintains a blog as part of her business. One of her most recent articles focuses on advice for French professionals on how to network with Americans. You can read it here. It’s also available in French. What do YOU think?

June 8th conference on Grenoble and its history

France-Etats Unis Grenoble, an association that brings together American expats in the Grenoble region and French residents who have an interest in the US, is hosting an event tomorrow on the history of Grenoble. I lived in the city for two years, and I thought some of my readers would be interested. Information below. Happy networking!

L’association France-Etats-Unis Grenoble vous invite à découvrir
Grenoble, son origine, son nom et son histoire,
autour d’un verre
Mercredi 8 juin 2011, à partir de 18h30
à la Maison de l’International
(entrée par le jardin de ville entre Rue Hector Berlioz et Place de Gordes).

Nous aurons la chance d’accueillir un spécialiste de l’histoire de Grenoble,
Alexandre MAVRIDIS, auteur de
« Grenoble, ville d’histoire et de passion » (2007)
et « Les grecs à Grenoble des pionniers à nos jours »,
« Deux siècles de liens historiques avec la France » (2009).

Alexandre viendra partager de nombreuses anecdotes et évènements marquants l’histoire de Grenoble de l’antiquité jusqu’à nos jours.
Il répondra à toutes vos questions telles que : Qui étaient les « Allobroges » ? Quel est le secret de la Bastille ?
D’où vient le nom de la caserne de Bonne ? Que représente la statue sur la Place St Andrée ? Qui était Champollion ?…

Cette présentation en français, d’environ 40 minutes sera suivie d’une discussion libre.
Un apéritif vous attend pour commencer.

Inscrivez-vous auprès April Buchanan, responsable de la communication France/Etats-Unis,
( pour assurer votre place et venez profiter de ce moment à la fois divertissant, sociable et instructif.

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