The Association of European Journalists’ first lunchtime meeting since the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU will be with:
Axelle Lemaire, French Minister for Digital Affairs
on: Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11.30 – 1.p.m
in: The Library at the French Institute ,17 Queensberry Place,London SW7 2DT
followed by light lunch and drinks – for which £20 payable on the day, £10 for journalists aged under 25, free for students of journalism
Axelle Lemaire has been the French Minister for Digital Affairs in the Ministry of Finance and Industry since April 2014. She calls her position the “portfolio for imagination”.
Mme Lemaire has studied and worked for more than ten years in London. Born in Canada in 1974, she studied political science at Sciences Po in Paris, and law at the Sorbonne and later at King’s College London. She then worked here as an international lawyer and researcher before becoming a parliamentary assistant in the House of Commons. In 2012, Axelle Lemaire was elected as a Socialist member of the French National Assembly to represent the French diaspora in the UK and Northern Europe. As a member of the Law Committee and the European Affairs Committee, she promoted modern policies on the digital society, human rights and European politics.
France’s President Hollande has called for the UK to start the process set out in the Lisbon treaty for leaving the Union without delay, and for the other 27 states to take all necessary steps to overcome the risks to the EU caused by Brexit.