Newsletter n°419 / May's Harder Bigger Better Brexit?





Hello franceinlondoner

"I want to be clear: what I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.(...)Instead, we seek the greatest possible access to it through a new comprehensive, bold and ambitious free trade agreement."
Theresa May

Show

The France Show at London Olympia on 27-29 January 2017

From 27 January until 29 January

Enjoy cookery demonstrations from French chefs, listen to best-selling authors, play a game of pétanque, watch the can can dancers delight the crowds and visit the French market selling delicious produce from local cheeses to crêpes, patisseries to confectionery and gifts. Brush up on your wine-tasting skills at the tutored tastings from Bordeaux wines and visit the Language and Travel Forum to for tips on learning French or holiday ideas.

10 x pairs of tickets to be won for the France Show

New Film Release

In Bed With Victoria (Victoria)

At Ciné Lumière between 27 January and 9 February

If you feel a little down and could really do with a bit of a pick me up by watching something fun for once, then "In bed with Victoria" could be just what the doctor ordered: a comedy "à la française" critically acclaimed in Cannes. Victoria (Virginie Efira) is a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer in her late 30s who is a sex-addict and a workaholic but also totally self centred and struggling to raise her two daughters. At a friend’s wedding, she reconnects with her ex-husband David, an old friend, Vincent, and Sam, a former client.

Award/Decoration

Florence Gomez receives the Légion d'Honneur

Friday 4th January

Florence Gomez, Managing Director of the French Chamber of Commerce in London, was awarded the Légion d’Honneur on 6th January by the French Ambassador to the UK, Madame Sylvie Bermann. Her son, Diego and her husband, Robinson were amongst the hundreds of guests who had joined them at the French Residence to witness this great event.
Sadly, her mother, who is unwell at the moment, was unable to attend.
The event was charged with emotion, love, friendship and an immense sense of respect for her and her incredible achievements as one of the leading and most influential business leaders in the UK.
Florence Gomez has been at the head of the French Chamber of Commerce for nearly 10 years and during that time, the chamber has grown from strength to strength providing extensive support not only to large French companies but also to small and medium size companies as well as start ups.
Prior to joining the CCFGB, she was based in Beijing. Florence who speaks fluent Chinese was the managing director of the French Chamber in China for more than 6 years. 

Politics

French Primary Election Results

Valls v Hamon

Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls have both qualified for the second round of the primary elections of the left with 36.4% and 31.1% respectively. Arnaud Montebourg who was amongst the three favourites, received less than 18% of the votes. Approximately 1.9 million people voted which is less than half the number of voters in the primaries of the right and less than the number of voters who took part in the very first primary election of 2012.
Arnaud Montebourg has now annouced that he is giving his support to Benoît Hamon and has asked for his supporters to vote for him on Sunday 29 January, during the second round of the primaries.
Manuel Valls, the ex-prime minister will need an increase in the turn out if he is to win against Hamon next weekend.
The next debate between the two candidates is at 8pm UK time on Wednesday 25 January.

Education

Charity Dinner of the CFBL

Saturday 4 March @ St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

The CFBL & the Association CFBL Parents announce their 5th Annual Gala Evening « Casino Royale »

They invite you to join them for an elegant and fun evening including cocktails, dinner, live auction animated by a Christie’s auctioneer and a fun casino experience!

Last year, they raised more than £40,000 thanks to the generosity of both the parents and their sponsors.
To buy tickets: http://cfbl-gala-2017.weebly.com

Gala Dinner - APL Appeal - Lycée Charles de Gaulle

Friday 24 March - The Hurlingham Club

Every year, you are invited to give your support to the lycée français Charles de Gaulle in London and its families!
Elisabeth Imbert, chair of the APL committee, pointed out that the 2016 dinner raised just under £200,000. The money was allocated to both the Friends of the Lycée and the APL Welfare Fund on the one hand to assist families and on the other hand improve the children's environment.
This year, the dinner is to be hosted at the HUrlingham Club in Fulham.

For more information :  http://apl-cdg.org.uk/apl-appeal-2017

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