Following the celebrations of the centenary of the Entente Cordiale in 2004, a group of students from France and Britain have decided not to wait another century to celebrate friendship between the young people of our countries.
Students from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, Cambridge, Oxford, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, soon to be joined by other institutions on both sides of the Channel, have launched a Franco-British association called FBS Alliance (Franco-British students Alliance). Most have studied in universities in both countries or wish to do so, most speak both languages, and all have firm intentions of building the future together.
They have received a very strong support from both British and French institutions and have been granted patronage at the highest levels by HM the Queen and by the President of the Republique of France. The student alliance has been presented in Westminster, where it received a warm welcome and encouragement from MPs.
Through a series of meetings, conferences, seminars and through their website and discussion forum, they intend to establish links, to participate in the international debate, to rally members.
Annual gatherings will be organised. The first one will take place 21-23 October 2005 in the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, near Paris and will welcome around 500 participants for three days.
SU General Secretary Will Macfarlane said: 'This alliance takes forward the fantastic celebrations that took place in 2004 to commemorate the Entente Cordiale. It will offer great opportunities to LSE students keen to foster improved Anglo-French relations.'
In January 2004 LSE launched a double degree MSc programme in International Affairs with Sciences-Po.
15 June 2005