Mr. Pierre-Alain Coffinier

Pierre-Alain Coffinier is the French Consul General in Edinburgh & Glasgow What is your academic background? After the baccalauréat, I was admitted to Prépa HEC, then to ESSEC (French Grande École) from which I graduated 3 years later. I then had two series of work experiences; the first one in the banking industry, then in…

Dr. Karine Chevalier

Film director and lecturer at the University of Roehampton Can you tell us about your education and how you arrived in Britain? I obtained my French Baccalaureate, and went onto university, where I soon realised that there was not much I could do with a degree in modern literature. I then did a multidisciplinary DEA…

Mr. Franck Mathevon

French journalist in London for Radio France Where did you study and how did you end up working for France Inter in London? I have a fairly common educational background. I studied business and finance at the University of Concordia in Montreal and then I went to the school of journalism in Lille. Just after…

Mr. Stephen Clarke

Author of the Bestselling books: A Year in the Merde, The Merde Factor, a novel in English, out in September, and Mille ans de mésentente cordiale, the translation of 1000 Years of Annoying the French, out in October. Stephen Clarke, you are a very successful author, and you have also been recently defined, as by…

Mr. Benedict Brogan

On a sunny morning at Buckingham Palace Road’s Telegraph offices; Mr. Brogan received two Franco-British students in the heart of the journalistic hub. After taking time to walk us around the redesigned former stock exchange open space; he kindly answers our questions… Can you say a few words about your education and your career? Most…

Mr. Michael Shackleton

On a sunny afternoon at Smith Square’s Europe House, two Franco-British students met with  the delightful Michael Shackleton. His welcoming and open-minded attitude made for a fascinating and agreeable interview where he expressed his insightful opinions on Franco- British relations and more… opinions rooted in his 31 years of experience in the European Parliament. Can you…

Professor John Rogister

How did your life acquire a Franco-British dimension? My parents arranged a holiday around historical sites, so I visited Versailles, the châteaux of the Loire, and Paris obviously. That was in 1954-55 and that holiday had a determining influence on me. From then on I was sure I wanted to become a historian of France.…

Professor Declan Mc Cavana

How did your life acquire a Franco-British dimension? I was born in West Belfast in 1963. The onset of the Troubles was one reason to go abroad. Both Gaelic and English were spoken around the house. My older brother was a fanatic about languages and went on to take a PhD in French Literature at…

Sir Howard Davies

Your education and career? I was in Sixth Form at Manchester Grammar School and then at Oxford, I took a course on History and French, and it was possible to spend a year in France. So, I was made a teaching assistant in English – or, as they said back then, in the English system…