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Dear All,

The Alliance’s Annual Summit is coming to Cambridge and Westminster on Dec 12-14th !

Want to meet hundreds of French and British students? Sip Champagne in prestigious venues? Debate on fascinating topics with high-profile speakers? Contribute to a report that ends up on the Queen and Sarkozy’s desk? Yes? Then come to our Annual Summit!

—————————————————————————— Date: 12-14 December 2008 Place: London (House of Commons and Lancaster House) and Cambridge Theme: “The Idea of France and Britain in the 21rst Century: What is our Role in Globalised World?” Price: £79.

I agree this may be quite expensive- but it’s definitely good value for money : you get a champagne reception in Lancaster House (which in itself already costs half of that), a finger buffet in the House of Commons, a Black Tie Dinner, transport from and to London, and, especially, the chance to meet hundreds of French and British Students, engage in fascinating debates with high profile speakers, and contribute to a report sent to the Queen and the President of France ! All that in two days, for half the price of a May Ball !


Interested? Then sign up using this form:


(and, unfortunately, due to too many abuses in the past, you’re not registerd until you’ve paid) Since this is usually a very popular event, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so sign up now !

————————————————— Speakers include:

° Sarah Squire, President of Hughes Hall College and former UK Ambassador to Estonia ° Matthew Rycroft, EU Director in the FCO . ° David Rennie, EU journalist for The Economist, ° IanCarnegie-Brown, Credit Suisse, Managing Director in Investement Banking Department ° Prof. Andrew Gamble, Head of the Cambridge Politics Departement, ° Michel de Fabiani, VP of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce ° Nick Butler, Chairman of the Center for European Reform ° Prof. Jaideep Prabhu, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Indian Business ° Dr Bruno Carré, Independant Consultant and Researcher in Geopolitics and Political Economy, associated with the IRIS think-tank. °Dr. Terry Barker, Director of the Cambridge Center for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) ° Prof. John Bell, Professor of Law at Cambridge involved in the Double-Maitrise Programme. ° Tom Brake, MP ° Nicole Ameline, MP (to be finalised) ° Lord Salisbury ° and several others !

Ok, but what really happens in this Summit?

The Summit will begin, on Friday the 12th at 12.00, by a debate held in the Westminster with French and British MPs about the French Presidency of the EU, followed by a finger buffet.Later that evening, you are all invited to Lancaster House where, with the kind hospitality of the FCO , we will be hosting a prestigious Opening Gala ! Imagine yourself sipping champagne and eating delicious canapés in a gilded hall while chatting with dozens of bright French and British students or listening to speeches by senior officials Doesn’t it sound great?

The following day, on the 13th, the ‘serious’ work starts. After a Welcoming Speech from the University and the Alliance, you will participate in a plenary session where a panel of experts will debate about the topic as a whole and interact with the floor. It is a unique chance to discuss with such an articulate group of speakers!The plenary session will then be split up into three main simultaneous panel debates on “Globalisation at Home”, “Globalisation in Europe” and “Globalisation in the Wider World” which will begin to look into more specific issues.

In the afternoon, you will all be divided into debating workshops, each lead by one or two of our speakers, which will deal with very specific topics such as “Is EU red tape strangling Britain and France’s economies at a time of increasing global competition”, “The Financial and Climate Catastrophes: the same causes and the same solution” or ” Londonistan or Clichy-sous-Bois?—Multiculturalism or assimilation?”.

Yet the best part is that the conclusions of these workshops will be collected, synthetised and incorporated into our Annual Report which is sent to our institutional supports: Her Majesty the Queen, the President of France, the FCO , and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères!

And after a day of stimulating debates, you will head to a fancy Black Tie Dinner, followed by a massive club nights with all the students !

Interested? Fascinated? Enthralled? Then Sign Up !

Not signed up yet? what are you waiting for? why are you still reading this email instead?

See you all there,

Olivier-Remy Bel Alliance Co-President & Summit President

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