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Happy Birthday ESU USA !!!!

Join us for the celebration of its centenary in 

Paris on June 4-5-6, 2020

More information on the ESU France celebration page






    ESU France celebrates its 30th anniversary



1918- 2018

ESU of the Commonwealth celebrates its centenary


Join the celebrations in Paris 8,9,10 February 2018

and in London 14-18 May 2018 

           Who we are, our mission, our vision.                

Beatrix de Montgermont Keil

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The English-Speaking Union France was founded by Beatrix de Montgermont Keil, in 1987. 

An extract from Gerard Noel's book: Journey of the English Speaking Union:


The English Speaking Union France was launched in Paris in 1987. It's beginng is best described in Gerard Noel's new book "Journey of the English Speaking Union".

The relatively early entry of France into "the ESU family" was very much facilitated by the efforts of Madame Beatrix de Montgermont-Keil, whose efforts in Europe on behalf of the ESU show that the entente cordiale is alive and well. The French launch was held with a grand dinner in the Senate Presidential rooms. It was hosted by Pierre-Christian Taittinger, Vice-President of the French Senate, Honorary President of ESU France and a member of the famous champagne-producing family.


In 2007 another dinner was held at The Jockey Club in Paris to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of ESU France. Reminiscences included the following:


[Lord Watson:] "When ESU France was founded twenty years ago everyone thought it remarkable, if not hazardous. Now it seems self-evident that the ESU should be here in France and doing so well in France». Undoubtedly, France, which has brought four branches into the ESU fold, is a great success story. Representing France at the eighty-fifth anniversary of the ESU, Madame Beatrix de Montgermont-Keil was «so proud to fly the flag of France in Westminster Abbey»".


ESU France has four branches with about 210 members:   

ESU Paris, 1987

ESU Strasbourg, 2001.

ESU Anjou became the ESU Loire Valley, 2010. 

ESU Bordeaux, 2009.


The work of ESU France is to create new branches, to advise and help existing ones and to represent the French ESU abroad.

It is important for France to be a member of the ESU because we believe in the benefits of mutual understanding, cross-cultural exchanges and friendship between peoples worldwide through the use of English, the global language of the 21st century.

The branches, supportive of the aims of the ESU, organize educational programmes, parliamentary internship, cultural visits, meetings, conferences, round tables, debates, public interviews, networking, informal meet-up groups, theatre workshops.

The French educational system does not enable the students to get involved in the programs having very little time for extra-curricular activities.

However, the Loire Valley branch is particularly active and efficient in supporting the International Public Speaking Competition and sends a finalist to London every year. They work in partnership with the English Language Library in Angers, ELLIA and with the Maison de l’Europe d’Angers to prepare students in their region for the IPSC and to fund the competition. 

The Paris branch is a member of the British Community Committee, France-Amériques, Tower Bridge association. It offers a wide range of cultural activities in connection with the English-speaking world, and organizes visits and trips. It has been involved in the successful parliamentary internships for more than a decade now.

Strasbourg being the headquarters of the European Parliament, the ESU branch there, organizes meetings and debates at the Strasbourg press club,  and occasionally joint meetings with La Maison de l’Europe et de l’Alsace.

The Bordeaux branch initiated the now very popular “English café”. It has started a theatre workshop with a South African cultural association.

All the branches volunteer to propose an extensive program of activities in English, enabling people to participate, improve their English, broaden their horizon and build friendly relations.


ESU France Committee:
HonoraryPresident: Beatrix de Montgermont Keil

Jean Fragnier ( treasurer): jean.fragnier@orange.com

Lucia Dumont Renard ( Chairman and former president of the ESU International Council):esufrance@esufrance.org, l.dumont@wanadoo.fr

Catherine Gaudin ( secretary): catherine.gaudin@gmail.com

Françoise Bensaude : frabens@noos.fr

Website: www.esufrance.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ESUFrance



ESU  Bordeaux

Number of Individual Members: 19

Chairman/President: François BELLY
Committee: Treasurer Sophie CROCI, Vice President Frederic DENIAUD

Contact details:
email :



 ESU  Loire Valley

Number of Individual Members: 80 full members, 12 associate members (who spend less than 6 months a year in the area) 

Chairman: Patricia Curd
Committee: Julie Dufour (Vice-Chairman); Jackie Sheppard (Secretary); Roy Powell (Treasurer); Chantal Bertrand, Terry Orner, Gaëtan Wehry

Contact details: 

Tel: 00 44 (0)2 41 59 56 90
email :  patricia.curd@wanadoo.fr

Website:  www.esu-loire-valley.fr

Twitter:  -

Facebook:  @ESU.Loire.Valley


ESU Strasbourg

Number of Individual Members: +- 40

Chairman: Jack Hanning
Committee: Sue Moller, Jane Griffiths, Matthieu Kroon Gutierrez, Fabienne Martin, Marie-Ange Rebert, Filiz Demirbuker, Joana Pavlova.

Contact details:
email : esustrasbourg@gmail.com, jack.hanning@gmail.com

Website: www.esu.org


Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/English-Speaking-Union-Strasbourg



ESU Paris

Number of Individual Members: 50

Chairman: Luce Loussouarn

Vice-president: Dr Maria Al Salem

Secretary: Marilyn Lhuillier

Treasurer: Agnès Sagot

Cultural affairs: Dr Sophie Loussouarn

Communication: Anne Breteau

Contact details:
email :

Website: www.esuparis.org

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esubordeaux@gmail.com     Don't miss the next English Café!

At Crêperie "Twist 'N' Crêpes" 329 cours de la Libération in Talence

Contact the chairman, François Belly at



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Next get-together

February 2020

See you soon!





And Pigs might fly .......

You are fond of Comics and cartoons ?
Don’t miss the next Drama workshop
And Pigs might fly …instructed by Oliver Borowski
When :
Wednesday April 4th from 6pm to 8pm 
Where : salle Quintin Loucheur, 96 rue de la Béchade, Bordeaux.
If you haven’t signed in yet… just pop in
President of ESU Bordeaux 






Hear ! Hear !

You live in Bordeaux or not far from this fantastic city, don’t miss the next English-Speaking Union event !

Our English conversation group meets this coming in               Talence

Wednesday, September 20th

Where : Yorkshireman Pub & Tea Room, 2 rue Pacaris  in Talence.

Time : 19.30 to 22.30

Want to join us ?

Contact  François Belly : esubordeaux@gmail.com

See you soon !




Save the date !

Hear, hear!
You like cartoons and comics?
Don't miss the next theatre workshop in English
"And pigs might fly..."
Join Oliver Borowski on
Wednesday, June 14th from 6.30pm to 8.00pm, salle Quintin Loucheur, 96 rue de la Béchade, in Bordeaux.
Please come and support the participants who will be performing in public for the first time
Bravo ! Encore !!! Cheers!!!!




Save the date 

Wednesday, March 8th


Join the English café

Le Raboliot, 38 rue Peyronnet, Bordeaux  www.restaurantleraboliot.com , Wednesday 8th March, 19.30 to 22.30 

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Wednesday, February 7th


Hello everybody

Notre prochain groupe de conversation en anglais "English Café" aura lieu au restaurant Le Raboliot, 38 rue Peyronnet, Bordeaux  www.restaurantleraboliot.com , le mercredi 8 février 2017, de 19h30 à 22h30.

Nous aurons, à cette occasion, l’honneur et le plaisir d’accueillir deux invitées de choix : Mme Lucia DUMONT vice présidente de ESU France ainsi que Mme Patricia CURD présidente de ESU Loire Valley, qui viennent tout spécialement à Bordeaux pour nous rencontrer.

Si vous n’êtes pas encore inscrit pour le deuxième trimestre, il n'est pas trop tard, signalez-vous en répondant à cet e-mail.
En revanche, si vous êtes déjà inscrit pour le deuxième trimestre, répondez à cet e-mail uniquement si vous ne pouvez pas participer à l'English Café du mercredi 8 février.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver mercredi soir,
Cordiales salutations,

François Belly
President of ESU-Bordeaux






Save the date!

Wednesday, January 18th from 18.30 to 20.00.
Join Oliver Borowski and its Theatre Worshop in English
" And pigs might fly..."
Where: salle Quintin Loucheur, 96 rue de la Béchade, Bordeaux.
Please contact us : esubordeaux@gmail.com or just come to the venue!


Save the date:

January 11th,2017

English Café



Bring your friends!

ESU Bordeaux vous propose de participer au groupe de conversation en anglais "English Café", le mercredi soir de 19h30 à 22h30, une fois par mois, au restaurant Le Raboliot, 38 rue Peyronnet,Bordeaux.

Pour cette activité l'engagement est de 3 mois au tarif de 35 € repas compris (hors boissons) payable par chèque lors de la première séance du trimestre, selon le calendrier suivant :

Deuxième trimestre : 11 janvier, 8 février, 8 mars.





Theatre workshop December 12, 2016

contact: esubordeaux@gmail.com

" And pigs might fly..."

by Oliver Borowski from South Africa.

More workshops on

18 January 2017, 15 February, 15 March, 12 April, 10 May, 14 June.

Join us! The more the merrier!


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Loire Valley

Future events 2020

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The next event on Saturday the 8th February – Presentation on the rich history of Saumur and its region - event.

In order to obtain members rates for the event, it is essential that we have received your membership application and payment. Please remember that anyone wishing to attend and take part in the Annual General Meeting will need to renew at least a month beforehand.

The subsequent events will be:

12th March – Visit to Pasquier at Brissac Quincé.

2nd April – Visit to Scania, Angers

18th April - Annual General Meeting





15th November - a visit to the workshops and museum of CBG MIGNOT, route de Bourgueil, 49390 La Breille les Pins at 2.30pm. CBG Mignot has manufactured lead soldiers for almost 200 years and is the only surviving workshop in France producing lead figurines today; famous for historic detail, the figurines are collected the world over.

Prior to the visit we will meet for lunch at the "Le Relais de la Ronde", between Vivy and Saumur at 11.30am. As it is a weekday event, there is no menu to select and entrées and desserts will simply be chosen from the buffet; there will, however, be a choice of coq au vin or fish for the main course. Places are limited and will be allocated on a "first come first served" basis - details.

The subsequent events will be:

Saturday 7th December - Annual Christmas lunch at the Parc Hotel, Saumur. Once again the raffle will include a special prize of a two night stay in Paris; tickets will also be on sale at the November and December meetings.

Saturday 18th January - Annual Quiz and Photographic Competition.

Saturday 8th February – Possible presentation on Archaeology. Details to follow.

Thursday 12th March – Visit to Pasquier at Brissac Quincé, the famous site where nine million biscottes are made every day. Details to follow.

Thursday 2nd April – Visit to Scania, Angers. Details to follow.

Saturday 18th April – Annual General Meeting

Friday 1st May – May Day Walk


Don’t miss ESU Loire Valley’s next event on March 16,2019:

“When the Blues People Sang America to France”
An Illustrated talk by

Curtis Young
Curtis Young is an American who lives and works in France. He earned his Masters and DEA in European Cultural and Intellectual History from the University of California. He is a lauréat of the Châteaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences and a professor of American Literature at ESSEC.

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Also, the English-Speaking Union of the United States would like to extend a personal invitation to you, your international members, and anyone in your country interested in studying in England this summer with our TLab: "Travel and Learn Abroad" program. Immerse yourself in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare lived and worked. Enjoy Royal Shakespeare Company theater performances, lectures by renowned Shakespeareans and rare artifacts from world-class collections - details.






Click on "Branches / News / Events " to read about the July 22nd "jazzy"  event!




Click on "Branches / News / Events" to read about May 27th : A Day to Remember !!!!



Click on "Branches / News / Events" to read about the AGM and May Day Walk in the Loire Valley





National Public Speaking Competition Final, Angers, April 1st, 2017.

And the winner is ...

Jeanne Chassereau.

Read more in the next page...



Wine Tasting Luncheon in Saumur

March 17, 2017

Terry Orner


Thirty Nine ESU members and guests enjoyed a wine-tasting luncheon in the teaching restaurant of the Lycée Sadi Carnot in Saumur on Friday, 17 March 2017.  Cathy Henton of “Le Tasting Room”, was our speaker and our teacher for the day.  Cathy is a qualified wine expert with over 25 years in the business.  Together with her husband, she organises wine tours and educational excursions throughout the Loire Valley.  

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Save the date:

Saturday 21st January 2017, from 11.45 am Lunch at « La Grange», Varennes-sur-Loire Be ready to “Button up Your Overcoats” and journey with member, Victor Leray 

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The final event of the year will be: 

3rd December - we will celebrate Christmas with a meal at La Gogane in Trélazé.

Contact: Julie Dufour



The annual quiz will take place at Restaurant le Domaine de Presle at Distré, Saumur on Saturday 5 November 2016, starting at 12 noon. Attendance slips and cheques should be returned to Julie Dufour to arrive no later than Monday 31 October in order that we can provide numbers and menu choices to the restaurant. 

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Future events  2020

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Tuesday 4 February, from 9pm onward: Jazz at the Caveau de la Huchette, 5 rue de la Huchette, with the Jazz Club that some of you have already discovered at the Petit Journal Luxembourg. - Wednesday 5 February at 4pm; Ciné Club ( Orson Welles) « CITIZEN KANE »

- Monday 30 orTuesday 31 March:A private visit guided by the Curator of the Plans Reliefs at les Invalides (details will follow). - Wednesday 1 April at 4pm,

Ciné Club (Charlie Chaplin) « A KING in NEW YORK » - Thursday 14 May:

Gerard Hocmard will talk about 1000 years of linguistic exchanges between England and France.

- 2-9 June: Shakespeare « The MERCHANT of VENICE »

- 24 June at 9.15 am: Musée Jacquemard André: a guided visit of the exhibition of Turner’s watercolours 




Don't miss the first projection of the ESU Paris CINE CLUB

March 13, 2019 : ESU Paris CINE CLUB :a British film by Bill Forsyth in VO, Local Hero, to be shown at the Maison des Associations, Paris 7ème.

April 5, 2019  6.30 pm: A round-table on « From Blair to Brexit » with Dr. Andrew Blick of King's College London and Dr. Sophie Loussouarnbon the occasion of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on March 29, 2019.

April 17, 2019 : ESU Paris CINE CLUB : Les Enfants du Paradis

May 15, 2019 : ESU Paris CINE CLUB

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September 25, 2018  10.00 am: Guided visit of the exhibit LesImpressionistes en exil à Londres (1870-1904) at the Petit Palais.

October 8, 2018 6.30 pm : Sophie Loussouarn will give a talk on theBritish and American painters who represented British society after 1768, on the occasion of the 250 years of the Royal Academy. The conference will be given at France-Amériques.

November 27, 2018 6.30 pm : Professor Christopher Mulvey will speak about the language of the women and suffragettes who obtained the right to vote in the United Kingdom in 1918 at the Mairie du 7ème.

December 2018 6.30 pm : Christmas Carols at the Travellers Club.

January 25, 2019 7.00 pm : Lord Renwick, former ambassador of the United Kingdom to Washington and to South Africa will speak about Thefuture of South Africa at a dinner at the Senate.

February 7, 2019 6.30 pm : Visit of the Académie d'Agriculture de France, created by Louis XV. There will also be a conference on the environment.

March 2019 : Lady Young discovers Oscar Nemon on the occasion of the publication of her book on the sculptor Oscar Nemon (1906-1985) who sculpted Freud in 1936 as well as many important world figures.

April 5, 2019  6.30 pm: A round-table on « From Blair to Brexit » with Dr. Andrew Blick of King's College London and Dr. Sophie Loussouarnon the occasion of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on March 29, 2019.

June 2019 : Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Shakespeare Garden of the Pré Catelan.





Save the date 

Wednesday, November 15th at 6.30pm

Conference at France-Amériques, 9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris


of the GREAT WAR

By Sophie Loussouarn



Thursday, May 11th

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Wednesday March 15, 2017 at 6pm


Save the date 

Lucia Dumont Renard, who holds a PhD in indigenous studies and lived on the Navajo reservation, will take you to the Southwest of the United States and present how the Navajos, who call themselves Diné (meaning the People), have managed to overcome educational and life challenges and thrive academically by learning in Beauty.

The talk with projections will be followed by drinks, at 


4 Rue Amélie 75 007 Paris

Luce Loussouarn

President, ESU Paris



Participation 10 euros per person

Please send your reply and cheque payable to ESU Paris before March 10th to:

Agnès SAGOT 6 rue Magenta 78000 Versailles



January 20, 2017:  Lord Young of Cookham will talk about "Inside Politics" followed by a dinner in the Salon Napoléon at the Senate.

February 1, 2017:  We will visit the Museum of Mineralogy and the exhibition of the Crown Jewels of France.

Contact ESU Paris


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esustrasbourg@gmail.com or the chairman


to attend the next ESU Strasbourg meeting.

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