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Cablegate: Fy 2006 Ivlp - Nomination and Part I Biodata for Two

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150929Z Jun 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 05 PARIS 004195

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR ECA/PE/V/R/E (CAROL GRABAUSKAS; STEVE TAYLOR;
CHARLOTTE TITUS); EUR/PPD (LILLIAN DEVALCOURT)
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL FR
SUBJECT: FY 2006 IVLP - NOMINATION AND PART I BIODATA FOR TWO
PRINCIPAL CANDIDATES FOR EURP - U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
CHALLENGES I (OCTOBER 10 - 28, 2005)

REF: STATE 004520

POST WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE TWO PRINCIPAL CANDIDATES FOR
SUBJECT PROGRAM: MR. JEAN-PAUL ALBERTINI; MR. PIERRE FRANCE.

START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: PaillardS@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Paris
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 14544
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGE
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 274
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: FY 2006 - EURP U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:
This project is designed for government officials,
politicians, academics and journalists actively developing or
interpreting foreign policy. It will focus on foreign policy
issues of concern to Europe and the U.S., including counter
terrorism and security issues, the future of trans-Atlantic
relations, the changing roles of international organizations
such as NATO and the United Nations, and global trade in the
context of U.S. foreign policy.
END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2006
DEPART-POST: 10/08/2005
SESSION-DATE: 10/10/2005
RETURN-POST: 11/12/2005
NO-OF-PART: 2
RANK-ORDER: 1
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1047
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: RP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 14544
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Foreign Policy
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Jean-Paul
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Albertini
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Cour des Comptes
M-ADDR2: Sixieme Chambre
M-ADDR3: 13, rue Cambon
M-CITY: Paris
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: France
M-ZONE: 75001
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: + (33) 1.42.98.59.96
M-FAX:
M-EMAIL: jpalbertini@ccomptes.fr
M-CNTRY-ID: FR
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 10/26/1964
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Suresnes
BIRTH-CNTRY: France
CITIZ-CNTRY: France
RES-CNTRY: France
START MEMO POSITION:
Member of the 6th Chamber, specializes in social affairs,
social security and health at France's General Accounting
watchdog, the Accounting Court, since 2002
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:

END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
2001-2002 - Chief of Staff to Green Environment Minister Yves
Cochet
2001 - Deputy Chief of Staff to successive Environment
Ministers Dominique Voynet and Yves Cochet
1999-2001 - Adviser for European and International Affairs on
Minister Dominique Voynet's personal staff
1997-1999 - Technical Adviser in charge of intra-EU economic
issues on the personal staff of Pierre Moscovici, European
Affairs Minister
1995-1997 - Head of the EU Affairs Office at the Economy and
Finance Ministry's Directorate for External Economic Relations
1994-1995 - Communication and International Relations Adviser
to the First President of the Accounting court
1991-1994 - Auditor/Investigator in charge of public sector
companies in the energy sector (EDF/GDF/ELF)
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
December 1999 - Seattle, business
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
1989-1991 - Graduate School for Senior Civil Servant
1987 - Law Degree, University of Sorbonne Paris I
1985 - Paris Institute of Political Studies
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
- Member of the Socialist Party since 1993 and member of the
Party's Commission on Environment
- Co-founder of three political associations:
--"Alternative Socialiste" to reform the Socialist Party (back
in 1994 when the popularity of the Socialist Party was quite
low)
--"Generation Europeenne" a European federation group
--"Respire" to work on environment and sustainable development
issues
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:

END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: French
ENGL-READ: 4
ENGL-SPEAK: 4
ENGL-COMP: 4
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: Italian
OTHER-LANG-ID: JT
READ: 0
SPEAK: 0
COMP: 0
END OTHER-LANGS:
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: German
OTHER-LANG-ID: GM
READ: 0
SPEAK: 0
COMP: 0
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
Our primary objective is to renew our contact with a rising
star within the French Socialist Party, at a particular
crucial time for the future of that party as it develops its
platform and goals in preparation for the 1997 Presidential
and legislative elections. At the same time, in the longer
term, we would like to give Albertini, a specialist of
European and environmental issues, exposure to the U.S. A
previous nominee from the French Socialist Party returned from
his trip to the U.S. with the conviction that the Socialist
Party had previously "overlooked" the importance of the
bilateral U.S.-French relationship. Lack of exposure to the
U.S. explains general antagonism towards the U.S. way of life.
We believe Albertini will occupy important functions if the
Socialists return to power and should therefore acquire
greater insight into U.S. policies.
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
Given Albertini's intellectual pedigree and professional and
political experience, we believe he would greatly gain from
participation into the European Program: "U.S. Foreign Policy
Challenges"
END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Florence Radovic
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Mr. Albertini has advanced quickly within the elite of the
French civil service. A graduate of the prestigious French
National School of Administration ENA, he was picked out as
one of the most promising graduates of his class by one of the
best "headhunters" in French political circles, former
European Affairs Minister Pierre Moscovici. He then followed
the typical French bureaucratic elite curriculum, first at one
of France's most prestigious administrative bodies, the French
Accounting Court (similar to the GAO), and then in three
different ministries, at senior levels, including Chief-of-
Staff.
His previous government experience on issues key to ongoing
and future U.S. trade policy objectives, i.e. trade, European
Affairs and the environment, combined with his intellectual
curiosity and his good standing within the Socialist Party,
make him an obvious choice for the IV Program.

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: ECON - U.S. Embassy, Paris, France
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: No
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 543
PERSON-ID: 442
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: FR
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: FR
RES-CNTRY-ID: FR
FIRST-LANG-ID: FR
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 14544
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 0
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Pierre
M-NAME:
L-NAME: France
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace
M-ADDR2: 17-21, rue de la Nuee Bleue
M-ADDR3: BP 406
M-CITY: Strasbourg
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: France
M-ZONE: 67077 cedex
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: + (33) 3.88.21.57.57
M-FAX: + (33) 3.88.21.57.24
M-EMAIL: pfrance@dna.fr
M-CNTRY-ID: FR
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 10/06/1971
MAR-STAT: S
BIRTH-CITY: Annecy
BIRTH-CNTRY: France
CITIZ-CNTRY: France
RES-CNTRY: France
START MEMO POSITION:
Region-wide Reporter, Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace-DNS,
Strasbourg, since 2000
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Multimedia expert journalist at DNA, since 1999
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1999-2000 - Journalist at the Economic Section, DNA
1998 - Intern, and then journalist at the local news section,
DNA
1994-1997 - Freelance Journalist at "Dauphine Libere"
1994-1997 - Stringer for "Cyberstratege", "Planete Internet",
"01 Informatique"
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
September 2000, Washington D.C., Chicago and New York City, 3
weeks tourism
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
November 2003 - Spain, tourism
October 2002 - England (London), tourism
November 2001 - Morocco, tourism
April 1999 - Former Republic of Yugoslavia (Skopje), press
report
September 1998 - Quebec, tourism
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
1997-1999 - Strasbourg School of Journalism, Master Degree in
Journalism and Sciences and Techniques, specialization written
press
1994-1977 - University of Savoie, two-year study diploma and
BA in History
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
- Multimedia Associations
- Improvisation Theater Group, semi-professional actor
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
2003-2004:90 articles on line (non-exhaustive list including
30 articles on multimedia development) on www.pierrefrance.com
on various issues such as:
- Aug 18, 2004: "Dans les Banlieues Alsaciennes : le Spectre
des Ghettos Ethniques"
- June 25, 2004: "L'Eurocorps est Pret pour l'Afghanistan"
- June 15, 2004: "Aux Etats-Unis, Etre de Gauche, c'est
Militer"
- June 7, 2004: "Paix et Liberte sur l'Europe"
- January 5, 2004: "Dans les Quartiers, le Risque au
Quotidien"
+ numerous articles on social issues.
A book (novel) is to be published.
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: French
ENGL-READ: 3
ENGL-SPEAK: 3
ENGL-COMP: 3
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: Spanish
OTHER-LANG-ID: QB
READ: 2
SPEAK: 2
COMP: 2
END OTHER-LANGS:
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: Arabic
OTHER-LANG-ID: AR
READ: 2
SPEAK: 2
COMP: 2
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
As a journalist, Pierre France could help our outreach to
French audiences to explain U.S. policies on crime and cyber-
technology specifically, and on other issues as well.
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Christopher Davis; Genevieve Thomassin
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
At 33, Pierre France is the youngest of the region-wide
reporter team at Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace (DNA - circul.
224,000), the largest regional daily newspaper in Alsace.
While he entered that professional circle as a specialist in
multimedia/Internet issues, he also writes articles on youth
at risk, ethnic ghettos in Alsatian suburbs, crime, Turkey and
Europe, the Eurocorps and Afghanistan, and even articles on
American politics, based on interviews with visiting Americans
(e.g., the widow of Gene Kelly). Pierre France speaks
English, but only traveled once to the United States for three
weeks as a tourist in September 2000. While preparing a
Master's degree at the Strasbourg School of Journalism, he did
an internship at DNA, then a short stint as a free-lance
journalist there, before being hired as a full-time DNA
journalist.
Pierre France's versatility leads his Chief Editor, former
Franco-American Foundation grantee, to place great hopes in
his career. Chief Editor Dominique Jung credits Pierre France
with "extensive intellectual curiosity and dynamism, willing
and able to report on a wide variety of subjects." Jung
thinks his young charge would absorb a great deal from an
International Visitor experience. Disarmingly unassuming at
first blush, Pierre France is also a semi-professional actor
in an improvisation theater group, and a fiction writer
(unpublished so far). His interests range far beyond
multimedia and the arts; he also has a keen interest in social
and international issues, especially international crime, and
would greatly benefit from an IV experience in the United
States.
With the Schengen Information Center, the Franco-German Center
for Police Cooperation, the Council of Europe's GRECO (Group
of States Against Corruption), and its University's new degree
in combating money-laundering, Strasbourg brings together many
experts in international crime. Pierre France is poised to
pull these strands together in his reporting. Insights gained
from an IV program could help inform his reporting in a way
that could foster our transatlantic cooperation on various
issues.
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: AmConGen Strasbourg, France
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: No
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 544
PERSON-ID: 443
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: FR
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: FR
RES-CNTRY-ID: FR
FIRST-LANG-ID: FR
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 14544
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 0
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:

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