Former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at Harvard
Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, come and listen to a public address H.E. Jean-Marc Ayrault Primer Minister, Republic of France (2012-2014) , on “The Current State of France and Europe," with commentary by Michael Ignatieff, professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France in Boston, will do the Introductory Remarks . This event (in French and English) is free and open to the public.
Wednesday November 12, come and listen to a public address by H.E. Jean-Marc Ayrault Primer Minister, Republic of France (2012-2014), on “The Current State of France and Europe," with Commentary by Michael Ignatieff, professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (2008-2011). Introductory Remarks by Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France in Boston. This event (in French and English) is free and open to the public.
Presentation by CES:
“France today is under heavy pressure from its European partners to reform its social model and reduce its long-standing budget deficit. At the same time, many French citizens doubt that France can achieve sustainable growth by following an austerity program prescribed by what is perceived to be a German-led European Union. At this event, two former political leaders will discuss the politics of reform in France where social change has traditionally come about through crisis or revolution. (Note: Jean-Marc Ayrault will speak in French accompanied by an English translator.)
This is event is sponsored by the CES Contemporary Europe Study Group, Consulate General of France Boston, Embassy of France, and the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Location: Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies,
Lower Level Conference Room,
27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Jean-Marc Ayrault is currently a Socialist member of the French Parliament. He served as Prime Minister of France from May 2012 until March 2014 and as Mayor of Nantes from 1989 to 2012.
Born in 1950, Jean-Marc Ayrault came early to politics: the youngest mayor of a large city in France at 27, he has held local and national mandates continuously since then, while for part of that time pursuing a career as a teacher of German. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1986 and was president of the socialist group from 1997 to 2012, earning a reputation for his conciliatory skills. As mayor of Nantes, a city at the top of New York Times rankings for “quality of life” and winner in 2013 of the “European Green capitals” award, he attracted national and international attention for making his city a model of participatory democracy à la française.
Following President François Hollande’s victory in the 2012 presidential election, Jean-Marc Ayrault was appointed Prime Minister of France, symbolizing a certain idea of social-democratic reformism and Franco-German friendship. Ayrault resigned as Prime Minister on March 31, 2014, after his party suffered heavy losses in nationwide municipal elections.
Michael Ignatieff is Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Canadian writer, teacher and former politician. He holds a doctorate in history from Harvard University and has held academic posts at Kings College, Cambridge, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. He served in the Parliament of Canada and was Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party. His books include The Needs of Strangers, (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Blood and Belonging, (1993) The Warriors Honour, (1997) Isaiah Berlin (1998) The Rights Revolution (2000) Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004); Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013)
When: Wednesday November 12, 2014 , 4:15 pm – 6 pm
Where: Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact: Muriel Rouyer, Muriel_Rouyer@hks.harvard.edu
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