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Dear members and friends of British Conservatives in Paris,
It is my great pleasure to invite you to our first event ‘en présentiel’, as they say in French, since the pandemic.
It will be a dinner with guest speaker, Hervé Rigolot, of the Mouvement conservateur. M. Rigolot has great experience of the world of French politics, and in particular the struggle to create a current of political thought and activism in France worthy of the label ‘Conservative’.
(see their website www.mouvementconservateur.fr ).
He will have much to tell us about that subject, as well as about the looming French Presidential elections.
This will be an ideal opportunity for us all to meet up once again.
The dinner will take place on Wednesday 17 November, at 7.30 for 8pm, in a private salon at the restaurant, Les Noces de Jeannette, 14, rue Favart 75002 Paris (métro Richelieu-Drouot). The menu will consist of the following:
Kir & petits feuilletés
Terrine de crustacés, sauce acidulée
Canard rôti aux épices
Nougat glacé au coulis de framboise
Bordeaux rouge, Bordeaux blanc
Fish or vegetarian alternatives can be arranged if requested in advance. The cost is 42€ for members and 45€ for non-members. I do hope you can attend.
As you may be aware, the ‘Votes for Life’ Bill, restoring the vote to those of us who have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years, is currently working its way through the legislative process. The Chairman of Conservatives Abroad, Heather Harper, gave evidence on this matter to Parliament on 16 September.
On a much sadder note, I am sure that this weekend we all have in our thoughts and prayers the family, friends and colleagues of Sir David Amess, so cruelly murdered yesterday. Let us never forget the courage and dedication of Members of Parliament who today face risks that they should never have to face in a democratic society.
I hope to see you very soon,
Chairman, British Conservatives in Paris
06 38 53 11 66
The Liberal Party of Australia (the Australian sister to our own Party) has set up a French branch of the Australian Liberals Abroad Federation. If you know of any Australians resident in France who might wish to join, please invite them to contact their Vice-President, Mr Peter Hammond, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner with speaker Richard Ashworth MEP at La Bastide Odéon on 23rd April, 2015
See photo(s) on our Facebook page (with thanks to BCiP member George Grosz)
Report by Peter Huggins on Trier visit, 11/13 April, 2014
A small group of BCiP members made a rewarding cultural and political visit to Trier from Friday 11th. April until Palm Sunday, 13th. April This was organised by Peter Huggins who knows Trier well and has contacts with the local CDU members.
On Friday afternoon, we visited the Porta Nigra, one of the most important Roman monuments North of the Alps and very mush the symbol of a city which was the Roman capital in the North and West It is remembered for Constantine the Great and his mother, St. Helena.
In the evening, we were invited to a CDU European election rally in Konz, an agreeable outlying suburb of Trier by Frau Simone Thiel, the dynamic MEP candidate for Trier and the region (Eifel/Mosel/Hunsrueck). She welcomed us warmly, introduced us to other local politicians and a visitor from a Luxembourg sister party, Guy Modert, who also came to give his support. The evening was a great success with discussion of the CDU programme in which we joined Christopher Chantrey notably sought support for votes for Britons living abroad. It was also fun, as witnessed by our photo with Frau Thiel It was pleasant to have Mosel wine served at a political meeting.
On Saturday we had a full programme of visits to Roman sights in Trier, the earliest German city in Germany. This included two major sites of thermal baths, the Roemerbruecke, an important early bridge which still has the original Roman piers and the Konstantin basilica., a huge structure partly re-built but to Roman specifications. We had a glance at Karl Marx’ birthplace and absorbed the atmosphere of the Hauptmarkt with all the oldest monuments in Germany – cathedral, market cross and chemist’s shop which was a 12th. Century monastic dispensary. We then relaxed on a Mosel boat trip.
On Saturday evening, we were invited to Sekt by Herr Artur Friedrich, a local CDU member and industrialist who produces fine ceramic tiles. After German Re-unification, he launched several factories in former East Germany, playing his role in the exciting but difficlult re-integration process.. We then had dinner with Frau Thiel which allowed us wide ranging discussions on European Parliament themes. She is a member of the Parliament secretariat and has a particular interest in working with British MEPs.
On Palm Sunday some of us attended the Solemn High Mass at the cathedral with very beautiful organ and choir music. One brave soul, Alex Carroll, ran a personal marathon round Trier and along the Mosel.
Jan 16 - Coffee morning on Zoom with our patron Tom Tugendhat MBE VR MP, at 11.00 am (Paris time).
March 20 - Presentation at 11.30 am (Paris time) via Zoom by Randall Heather on "The Biden administration, Europe & the UK".
April 30 - AGM via Zoom conference at 6.30 pm (Paris time)
June 12 - Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) discussion via Zoom at 11am (Paris time) on "2021-2 Post-Lockdown Recovery"
Nov 17 - Dinner with guest speaker Hervé Rigolot of the Mouvement conservateur (see more details on events page)
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See photos here on our Facebook page from our speaker dinner with Richard Ashworth MEP on 23rd April, 2015 (with special thanks to BCiP member George Grosz) and our 4th December, 2015 dinner with Lord Balfe.
Report on Trier visit, 11/13 April, 2014
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