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Ceremony at the French Senate: presentation of the conclusions of the project

05 Apr 17

An evening under the patronage of S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco The four volumes devoted to "The Sea in History" (Boydell & Brewer editions) are the result of five years of work by 260 researchers throughout the world. They were presented at the Palais du Luxembourg on 30 March in front of more than 230 guests. Many personalities attended the ceremony, among others: Michel Bénézit, Advisor to the CEO of the Total Group Patrick Boissier, President of GICAN Jean-Marie Biette, Secretary-General of the Ouest-France Group's Marine Cluster Vincent Bouvier, Secretary General of the Sea Jean-Louis Etienne, navigator and explorer Hervé Guillou, CEO of DCNS Jean-George Malcor, CEO of CGG Vincent Mertens de Wilmars, Ambassador of Belgium in France Frédéric Moncany of Saint-Aignan, president of the French maritime cluster Christophe Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy François Jacq, President of Ifremer Vincent Campredon, director of the Musée de la Marine Harriet Baillie, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy in France Several interventions made it possible to retrace the work done in five years, from the launching of the Océanides project to the publication of the works: Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Director of the Division of Water Sciences, representing Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Claudie Haigneré, former minister, scientist, spationaut and president of the committee of Honour of Océanides, Anne-Marie Idrac, former minister, president of the board of Océanides. Christian Buchet, Chairman of the Scientific Council, made a masterful presentation of maritime issues throughout the ages. The conclusion of his speech was eloquent: "The sea is the key to history, and from this observation, more than ever the catalyst of our future". The guests were then able to discover the 4 volumes that constitute "The Sea in History, La Mer dans l'Histoire". A special edition of the Etudes Marines (edited by the Center for Strategic Studies of the Navy), a synthesis of all the works, has also been distributed to the public. It will soon be available on the CESM website. This presentation was followed by a cocktail in the Salons de Boffrand at the invitation of Karine Claireaux, senator of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.
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