[caption id="attachment_26426" align="alignnone" width="960"] On May 24, 1961, President and Mrs Kennedy welcomed Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco to the The White House. Photo: Facebook: Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Washington, D.C./Corbis-Bettman[/caption]
The Embassy of Monaco has inaugurated its new premises in the heart of the US federal capital. The Chancellery is now located nearer the White House and the main ministries.
At the official ceremony at 888 17th Street, on Thursday, December 7, Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the USA, received many notable personalities, in the presence of Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of Foreign Affairs and of Cooperation, and Marie Catherine Caruso, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations.
In her address, the Ambassador recalled the importance and the quality of the ties that unite the Principality and the United States.
As an example, on November 29 and 30, the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission Karine Médecin-Lemon welcomed a delegation from the New Orleans Tricentennial commission to the Principality in preparation for Monaco’s participation in the Tricentennial celebrations in 2018.
The links between the Principality and New Orleans date back to Monaco’s first American Princess. According to the Embassy, Princess Alice of Monaco was born Alice Heine in New Orleans in 1857 and married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889.
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Headed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu-City of New Orleans, the delegation’s Monaco visit at the end of November included a welcome dinner with local officials, meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, the Monaco Economic Board, and a stop by the Casino de Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival.
The delegation’s visit culminated with lunch at the Palace in the presence of Prince Albert.
[caption id="attachment_26228" align="alignnone" width="640"] Xavier Niel. Photo: Flickr TNS Sofres[/caption]
Flamboyant entrepreneur Xavier Niel – often described as France’s most influential person – is close to finalising a deal to take a majority holding in Eir, Ireland’s biggest telecoms company.
Neil, who in 2014 bought the majority stake in Monaco Telecom previously owned by Cable & Wireless Communications, is expected to take a stake of 90 percent currently held by US funds Anchorage Capital and Davidson Kempner and Singapore’s GIC.
The deal would value the former state-owned company at €1.5 billion. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year. The sale would be the sixth change of ownership since 1999.
Niel, 50, is the man behind Iliad, the internet service provider and owner of France’s Free mobile service. In addition to his holding in Monaco Telecom, he is also co-owner of the French newspaper Le Monde. He is said to be close to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.
The Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Authority, along with Hotel Metropole and Fairmont Monte-Carlo, recently hosted the legendary Bollywood director, producer and television personality Karan Johar, in association with Millionaire Asia magazine.
The visit was planned in association with the luxury, lifestyle and business magazine Millionaire Asia India, which exclusively photographed multi-faceted Karan – often known as KJo – from the amazing views of the two hotels against the enchanting views and backdrops of Monaco, the magazine wrote.
The Casino, Port Hercules, Buddha Bar, the Café de Paris and the Grand Prix Circuit were among the other splendours of Monaco that the star experienced.
“The alluring essence of the Principality lies in legendary style and sophistication, which finely blends with the world-class, modern and state-of-the-art luxury,” said Rajeev Nangia, India Director, Monaco Government Tourist Bureau.
“Destination Monaco takes immense pride and happiness in hosting the star entrepreneur Karan Johar to the illuminated world of glamorous dreams. Since his visit to Monaco, Karan has been sharing his Monaco memories with the world across his social media accounts.”
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Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate in the run-off with Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s second round of the French Presidential election appears to have won the contest by a slightly wider margin than had been predicted during the last few days of campaigning.
According to an average of several exit polls on Sunday night, Macron coasted home with 62 percent of the votes against Le Pen’s 38 percent. The abstention rate was high, close to 30 percent, suggesting that voters who had supported the two other more traditional candidates in the first round had refused to choose “between the lesser of two evils” and had instead stayed away from polling stations. As Monday is WWII Victory Day (la fête de la victoire), a holiday in France, the long weekend may have also impacted voter turnout.
The campaign has been watched closely across Europe, particularly because Le Pen had campaigned to leave the euro, a move that would have further destabilised the European Union following Brexit. European leaders will welcome the poll result, as France is seen as one of the main pillars of European unity.
In his speech, Macron told supporters, "I will defend Europe ... our civilisation is at stake."
The last few hours of the election were electrified by allegations from the Macron camp that foreign hackers had leaked thousands of confidential campaign emails. None of these appeared to incriminate the candidate but underlined the threat to democratic processes. German leaders fear similar campaigns during forthcoming parliamentary elections in September.
The Strategic Council for Attractiveness (CSA) held its annual plenary meeting at the Oceanographic Museum on Friday, allowing plenty of room for a substantial audience.
Minister of State Serge Telle presented the report for 2015- 2016 in a new bilingual format, in the presence of Government Ministers.
The Presidents of the specialist commissions (Finance, Real Estate, Destination Monaco, Quality of Life, and Monaco Yachting Capital) discussed the results of their activity and policy outlines.
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Jean Castellini, Government Counsellor - Minister of Economy and Finance, introduced the new application for Smartphones "Monaco Welcome" and Laurence Garino, Director of the Monaco Welcome and Business Office, explained the features of the app.
She was followed by Stéphane VALERI, Government Counsellor - Minister of Social Affairs and Health, who took stock of the Monaco Princess Grace Check-Up Unit.
Finally, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Government Counsellor - Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Urban Development, spoke about the "Smart City Monaco" concept and presented the website "infochantiers.mc".
In conclusion of the meeting, the guest of honour, Michel Petite, currently a lawyer in Clifford Chance’s Paris office and formerly Director General of the Legal Service at the European Commission, gave a presentation on a hot topic: ”Brexit: the beginning of a difficult negotiation."