Meeting with Mr. Dominique de Villepin

Prime Minister of France from May 2005 to May 2007

The 1ère students who chose the specialty course History-Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science, were very fortunate to take part, on October 23rd, to a fascinating Q&A session with former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

In his introductory statement, Mr. de Villepin reminded our students that they had the amazing opportunity to “look at the world from abroad”, while emphasizing the necessity to know ones’ roots and “where one stands on a territory and in the world” in order to understand it. 

Topics that were discussed include the Kurdish situation, the future of the European Union between China and the United States in their fight for world superpower, the role of France in the world, with its tradition of openness, initiative and mediation, as well as the importance of Africa in the decades to come. 

More personal questions were also posed by the students, who asked him about his motivations to become a diplomat, his legacy as France’s Prime Minister, the role of women in politics or the end of Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

Overall, it was one rich and out-of-the-ordinary hour, the kind of which one wishes could last longer.

The French International School would like to extend its sincere gratitude to Mr. de Villepin for making himself available, as well as to Mrs Carlier and Mr Massé for facilitating his visit. We also congratulate the students for their exemplary preparation, and hope this encounter confirmed their interest for the specialty course they chose.