Friday, May 30, 2008

From CNN International

Dear Arthur Goldhammer

All next week on CNN International, we will be meeting the people rocking the
foundations of France, across politics, business and culture, in a special week
of dedicated live programming.

The Eye On France season, which starts on 2nd June, will see me being joined by
my colleagues Hala Gorani and Fionnuala Sweeney in Paris for seven days to
capture the colour, vitality and exuberance of all aspects of French life.
We'll be interviewing some key names across the areas of sport, film, politics,
fashion, food and business, including exclusives with writer, director and
producer Luc Besson; foreign minister Bernard Kouchner; former professional
footballer Zinedine Zidane; and president of Areva Anne Lauvergeon. Each day
we will be looking at a specific topic and while we are interested in the
French view on being French, we are very keen to capture the global view on
France and the French.

To encourage people to have their say, we've written five key questions for
discussion. Watch Hala presenting these questions on our dedicated Eye On
France website at

The questions are:

- In his victory speech, President Sarkozy said France had turned "a new page"
in its history. Do you agree?

- What do you think most defines France's reputation around the world?

- Is French culture still alive today?

- Who are France's most influential people?

- What do you think is unique or distinctive about the French?

Thanks for your time and I hope you and your visitors find this interesting.

Kind regards,

Jim Bittermann

CNN International Paris correspondent

Should you have any questions please contact: CNN Press Office, Tel: +44 20
7693 0945 Email:

CNN International, Turner House, 16 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HS

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