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French Ambassador to the United States to speak on campus Monday

22 April 2005

ATTENTION: News desks and political reporters

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685 jangilmore@berkeley.edu

"France and the United States: Facing Common Challenges," an address by Jean-David Levitte, ambassador of France to the United States. The event is being held by the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies and co-sponsored by the campus's Institute of European Studies and Graduate School of Journalism, and by the World Affairs Council.

Levitte will speak on changing French-U.S. relations in the wake of recent developments following the re-election of President Bush; United States acceptance of European initiatives with Iran; the nomination of former U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank; and other recent trans-Atlantic events. The upcoming vote on the European Union referendum and France's position on EU-U.S. relations will also be discussed.

The event will be moderated by Bruce Cain, director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, and Marc Shapiro, editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco.

Monday, April 25, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Seaborg Room, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley