Second ‘Partnership of France and Russia’ International Conference opens in Paris
On September 20, the Partnership of France and Russia: Education, Science and Innovations. A Dialogue of Civil Society International Conference opened in the Russian Spiritual Cultural Center on the Branly Embankment in Paris for the second time, bringing together university teachers, experts, academics, young people and students from France and Russia.
The conference was organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in collaboration with the UNESCO International Association of University Professors and Lecturers (IAUPL) with the support of the diplomatic missions of Russia in France and of France in Russia.
One of the main discussion areas was problems of the university community, proposed for discussion at the Trianon Dialogue platforms. The Presidents of Russia and France, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, adopted the decision to launch the Trianon Dialogue civil society forum at their meeting in Versailles in May 2017.
Opening the meeting, the conference moderator, Director of RANEPA IPASC Igor Bartsits, emphasized that diplomatic relations between Russia and France have lasted more than 300 years, and the peoples of the two countries have always liked each other.
According to RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, the Trianon Dialogue ideas underlie this conference, which is becoming a good tradition. “We believe in a productive dialogue between the heads of our states, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron,” he said. “That is why we have worked so thoroughly on the conference agenda and outlined a range of current issues we believe are important for the Trianon Dialogue.”
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to France, Alexander Orlov, thanked the Presidential Academy for the initiative to hold this meeting, adding that relations between Russia and France have long-standing sources and can be discussed for hours. He expressed his satisfaction with the fact that the election of Emmanuel Macron as President has lent a fresh impetus to Russian-French relations. This new era retains the respect for the age-old traditions of friendly relations. “We have much more in common than differences,” Mr. Ambassador said.