Twenty-one mayors from leading cities in 19 French-speaking countries attended the first mayoral congress in Paris Town Hall on Saturday (26 November).
Twenty-one mayors from leading cities in 19 French-speaking countries attended the first mayoral congress in Paris Town Hall on Saturday (26 November). The host was the Mayor of Paris, Monsieur Jacques Chirac.
SYNOPSIS: M. Chirac called the conference to exercise the responsibility he felt Paris has to French-speaking cities. Monsieur Chirac, on the left, also invited Monsieur Couve de Murville, a French Foreign Minister under President de Gaulle.
In the gathering were Mayors from Liege and Brussels in Belgium; from Quebec in Canada; from Geneva in Switzerland, and the capitals of countries as widely scattered as Chad, Haiti, Morocco and the Seychelles. Aims of the conference were to allow the Mayors to exchange ideas on running large cities; and to promote cultural interactions that could, among other things, help safeguard the French language. During the next 12 months, the Mayors will pursue the conference theme of `Young People in Cities'. They will consider how the young are best integrated into urban life and encourage exchange visits of young people among their various cities.
The conference was due to end on Sunday (27 November) with the mayors visiting the Pompidou centre, the Carnavalet museum and the History Museum of Paris.