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French Ambassador gives lecture on international relations

The French Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Maurice Gourdault-Montagne is to speak at Queen Mary, University of London on Monday 1 December 2009.

26 November 2009


His Excellency Maurice Gourdault-Montagne

This lecture is the first in a series by distinguished diplomatic figures that explores the theme of 'International Relations in the New Global Order'. The series celebrates the launch of International Relations as a discipline in the Department of Politics at the College.

France’s official envoy to Britain since December 2007, Mr Gourdault-Montagne has had a long and distinguished diplomatic career.

After joining the French Foreign Ministry in 1978, he held various diplomatic posts in countries such as India (1981-1983),  Germany (1988-1991), and Japan (1998 – 2002), later serving as diplomatic adviser to President Jacques Chirac during his second term (2002-2007).

Earlier this year His Excellency presented the late Harry Patch, Britain’s last surviving British veteran of the trenches of World War I, with the Legion d'Honneur – the highest decoration in France.

The lecture series is designed explore how international relations feeds into pressing issues such as domestic security, global business and financial stability. Speakers for 2010 include His Excellency, Carles Casajuana, the Spanish Ambassador and Pakistan’s High Commissioner, His Excellency Wajid Shamsul Hasan.

Lecture: 'International Relations in the New Global Order'

Time: 6.30pm

Date: Monday 1 December 2009

Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End Road, Queen Mary, University of London, London, E1 4NS.

This is a free event, but seat reservation is vital. To confirm attendance , please contact: events@qmul.ac.uk

For media information, contact:

Paul Jordan
Public Relations Manager
Queen Mary University of London
email: p.jordan@qmul.ac.uk
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