The French society has decided to launch the first edition of the French Forum, a whole day conference which will take place at LSE on Saturday, 16th of March 2019.

The underlying theme of the Forum will be the French Momentum with a focus on soft power. This topic was inspired by France topping the Soft Power 30 index in 2017, thus becoming the most influential nation in the world.

The main topics will include:


Promote France

At the heart of our mission is the goal to promote France on the international scene.

France's radiance

We believe that France is at a magical point of its existence and that it is our responsibility to participate in the nation’s radiance abroad.

Purpose of the French Forum

The purpose of the French Forum is therefore to bring together some of the most accomplished and inspirational contributors to France’s soft power who will share their knowledge and experiences in their respective fields.

We passionately believe in the power of ideas to challenge beliefs, change attitudes, and transform people’s lives.



Coffee/Lunch breaks


10:20 – 11:00



11:00 – 11:20

Opening speech

Teymouraz Gorjestani


11:20 – 12:05

Keynote Speech

Alexis Perakis-Valat

“L’Oréal And The Future Of The Beauty Industry”


12:05 – 12:40

1-1 Discussion

Antoine Pin

“Does The Luxury Industry Transcend Cultural Barriers?”


12:40 – 13:40

Lunch Break


13:40 – 14:20

Keynote Speech

Sébastien Marotte

“Cloud Computing: How Big Can The Storm Be?”


14:20 – 15:05

Finance Panel

Jean-Baptiste Charlet, Robin Rousseau, Sadia Ricke

“A Successful French Touch In European Finance”


15:05 – 15:45

Keynote Speech

Gaspard Koenig

“Rethinking Liberalism: Is It Worth It?”


15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break



French Forum:

Danae Perakis-Valat: D.Perakis-Valat@lse.ac.uk

Michaela Novotna: M.Novotna@lse.ac.uk

Amaury Laurent: A.Laurent@lse.ac.uk



LSESU French Society:

Astrid Papoz: A.Papoz@lse.ac.uk