Creating Global Understanding and Friendship Through English English- Speaking Union France 1987 Beatrix de Montgermont Keil Founder and President
Creating Global Understanding and Friendship Through English English- Speaking Union France 1987  Beatrix de Montgermont Keil Founder and President          

1987-2017

    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 (dates tbc)

Who we are, our mission, our vision.

Beatrix de Montgermont Keil

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 IPSC 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, build friendly relations.

 

ESU France Committee:
President: Beatrix de Montgermont Keil

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

Lucia Dumont ( Vice-President and president of the ESU International Council):esufrance@esufrance.org, l.dumont@wanadoo.fr

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 :
esubordeaux@gmail.com

 

 

 ESU  Loire Valley

Number of Individual Members: 66 full members, 12 associate members (who spend less than 6 months a year in the area) = 78 in total

Chairman/President: 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/President: 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

Website: www.esu.org

Twitter:none

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

 

 

ESU Paris


Number of Individual Members: 60

Chairman/President: Luce Loussouarn
Committee:

Vice-president: Dr Maria Al Salem

Secretary: Marilyn Lhuillier

Treasurer: Agnès Sagot

Cultural affairs: Dr Sophie Loussouarn

Communication: Anne Breteau

Contact details:
email :
ljloussouarn@free.fr

Website: www.esuparis.org

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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 !

 

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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!!!!

 

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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 

Read more --> banches news page.

 

 

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

francois.belly@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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

Contact:

esubordeaux@gmail.com

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.

www.restaurantleraboliot.com. 

 

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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

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

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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.  

Read more...--> see branches news page

 

 

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 

Learn more:

http://www.esu-loire-valley.fr/events/21jan.pdfe 

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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

vicepresident@esu-loire-valley.fr

 

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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Paris

Save the date 

Wednesday, November 15th at 6.30pm

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

THE BRITISH and AMERICAN PAINTERS

of the GREAT WAR

By Sophie Loussouarn

 

 

Thursday, May 11th

Want to know more about Lebanon...stay tuned...

read more on ...

www.esuparis.fr

 

 

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 

MAISON des ASSOCIATIONS 7ème

4 Rue Amélie 75 007 Paris

Luce Loussouarn

President, ESU Paris

www.esuparis.org

 

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

ljloussouarn@free.fr


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Strasbourg

SAVE THE DATE!
ESU XMAS MEETING AT 18H00 ON THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER AT THE STRASBOURG PRESSCLUB

XMAS IN PORTUGAL AND THE STRASBOURG XMAS MARKET
Sign up now at esustrasbourg@gmail.com to attend the next ESU Strasbourg meeting on Thursday 15 December!
We shall be celebrating Christmas Portuguese style in conversation with Paulo Longo, the man who master-minded Portugal’s presence in the 2016 edition of the Strasbourg Xmas Market.
Paulo will tell us all about the trials and tribulations of bringing food, wine, artifacts and people from all walks of life to Strasbourg for the Xmas Market. He will also talk about how Christmas is celebrated in Portugal and in his region of Idanha–a-Nova in Central Portugal.
After the conversation we will drink Portuguese wine and taste some of the delicacies which go to make up a Portuguese Christmas.
Join us on 15 December to have some fun and get the festive spirit going! 
Please register at esustrasbourg@gmail.com

Admission: Members €5; Non-Members €7.50; Students €2.50; -18 free


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