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Switzerland and the UK have a long-standing relationship with common political and economic values, which form the basis for successful cooperation in many fields. Our two countries share a number of strengths: both are world leaders in innovation, research and education, and home to international financial centres and world-leading cultural institutions. #WeAreSwitzerland is an initiative by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom to forge new synergies between Switzerland and the UK across innovation, science, culture, economy and politics.We are innovative. We are creative. We are sustainable. We are committed. We are connected.We are Switzerland.

Intro

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January 2025

Switzerland and the UK have a long-standing relationship with common political and economic values, which form the basis for successful cooperation in many fields. Our two countries share a number of strengths: both are world leaders in innovation, research and education, and home to international financial centres and world-leading cultural institutions. #WeAreSwitzerland is an initiative by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom to forge new synergies between Switzerland and the UK across innovation, science, culture, economy and politics.We are innovative. We are creative. We are sustainable. We are committed. We are connected.We are Switzerland.

BEAR, by Swiss filmmaker Morgane Frund, has been selected for In Short, Europe. This film festival celebrates European short filmmaking and is organized by EUNIC London will take place in Glasgow on 20 and 21 April and in London from 26 to 28 April.

A brown bear stands up in a green meadow, half hidden by the vegetation.
A brown bear stands up in a green meadow, half hidden by the vegetation.
A brown bear stands up in a green meadow, half hidden by the vegetation.
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In Short, Europe: Best of Best

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April 2024

BEAR, by Swiss filmmaker Morgane Frund, has been selected for In Short, Europe. This film festival celebrates European short filmmaking and is organized by EUNIC London will take place in Glasgow on 20 and 21 April and in London from 26 to 28 April.

The Embassy marked Wales Week and St David’s Day with our annual reception, joined by Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Jo Stevens and representatives from Llandudno and Champéry – towns twinned since 2022.

a Wales and Switzerland table flag
a Wales and Switzerland table flag
a Wales and Switzerland table flag
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Celebrating Swiss-Welsh ties during Wales Week

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March 2024

The Embassy marked Wales Week and St David’s Day with our annual reception, joined by Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Jo Stevens and representatives from Llandudno and Champéry – towns twinned since 2022.

In March, the 88 members of the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF) celebrate the French language they share and the cultural and linguistic diversity they represent. We are proud to be part of this celebration and to collaborate throughout the year with the Groupe Francophonie UK to promote the French language and French-speaking cultures in the UK.

The word francophnie is written in white on a navy blue background
The word francophnie is written in white on a navy blue background
The word francophnie is written in white on a navy blue background
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Mars, Mois de la Francophonie

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March 2024

In March, the 88 members of the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF) celebrate the French language they share and the cultural and linguistic diversity they represent. We are proud to be part of this celebration and to collaborate throughout the year with the Groupe Francophonie UK to promote the French language and French-speaking cultures in the UK.

To mark the launch of the Accord 30 report, the Embassy team joined experts and colleagues from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Conciliation Resources to discuss adaptation and innovation in peace mediation.

the Swiss ambassador addressing the audience in the FCDO's historic Locarno room
the Swiss ambassador addressing the audience in the FCDO's historic Locarno room
the Swiss ambassador addressing the audience in the FCDO's historic Locarno room
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How must peace mediation adapt? Accord 30 report launch

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February 2024

To mark the launch of the Accord 30 report, the Embassy team joined experts and colleagues from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Conciliation Resources to discuss adaptation and innovation in peace mediation.

Rebecca Gisler won the Swiss Prize for Literature 2022 with her debut novel About Uncle, a family drama unlike any other. Rebecca came to Bath and London to discuss About Uncle, published by Peirene Press and translated from French by Jordan Stump. She also talked about her exploration of isolation, dependency and strange dietary habits as well as language and translation in French, German and English.

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Rebecca Gisler on her novel About Uncle

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February 2024

Rebecca Gisler won the Swiss Prize for Literature 2022 with her debut novel About Uncle, a family drama unlike any other. Rebecca came to Bath and London to discuss About Uncle, published by Peirene Press and translated from French by Jordan Stump. She also talked about her exploration of isolation, dependency and strange dietary habits as well as language and translation in French, German and English.

A series of events – along with an official visit to London by members of both the State and Grand Councils of Ticino – marked the 150th birthday of the Unione Ticinese, one of the oldest Swiss clubs in the UK.

a historic photo of a banquet
a historic photo of a banquet
a historic photo of a banquet
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150 years of the Unione Ticinese

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February 2024

A series of events – along with an official visit to London by members of both the State and Grand Councils of Ticino – marked the 150th birthday of the Unione Ticinese, one of the oldest Swiss clubs in the UK.

Elisa Shua Dusapin is visiting five English cities to present her recently translated novel, which explores collaboration, creativity and belonging whilst immersing the reader in her trademark dreamlike prose. Interview in English and en français, to mark the Mois de la Francophonie.

A woman leans on a pallett. A box where paper shows is on her right.
A woman leans on a pallett. A box where paper shows is on her right.
A woman leans on a pallett. A box where paper shows is on her right.
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Elisa Shua Dusapin presents her novel Vladivostok Circus

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February 2024

Elisa Shua Dusapin is visiting five English cities to present her recently translated novel, which explores collaboration, creativity and belonging whilst immersing the reader in her trademark dreamlike prose. Interview in English and en français, to mark the Mois de la Francophonie.

In 2023, the Embassy’s Science and Innovation team welcomed a record 11 Swiss companies to the UK via Innosuisse Start-Up Internationalisation camps.

a robotic and a human hand touching fingers
a robotic and a human hand touching fingers
a robotic and a human hand touching fingers
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Bringing Swiss Innovation to the UK

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January 2024

In 2023, the Embassy’s Science and Innovation team welcomed a record 11 Swiss companies to the UK via Innosuisse Start-Up Internationalisation camps.

Switzerland has topped the Global Innovation Index for the past thirteen years. Maintaining this position as the “uncontested innovation world champion” requires not just innovative firms, but a wider creative eco-system – one with education at its heart.

female students sitting around a desk
female students sitting around a desk
female students sitting around a desk
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Innovation from the classroom to the boardroom

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January 2024

Switzerland has topped the Global Innovation Index for the past thirteen years. Maintaining this position as the “uncontested innovation world champion” requires not just innovative firms, but a wider creative eco-system – one with education at its heart.

Between the signing of the Berne Financial Services Agreement and attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt found time for another Swiss stopover – joining Ambassador Markus Leitner and 18 Swiss business leaders for lunch at the Embassy in early January.

the british chancellor with a group of people
the british chancellor with a group of people
the british chancellor with a group of people
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Mutual Recognition: UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt joins us for lunch with Swiss business leaders

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January 2024

Between the signing of the Berne Financial Services Agreement and attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt found time for another Swiss stopover – joining Ambassador Markus Leitner and 18 Swiss business leaders for lunch at the Embassy in early January.

From June to September 2023, the Architecture on Stage programme curated by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with Barbican Centre welcomed five emerging Swiss practices, whose lectures were presented as a series called afterFORM. Each of the practices, 8000 agency, Bessire Winter, Schneider Türtscher, Truwant+Rodet+ and Parity Group is representative of a growing tendency in Swiss architecture to embrace topics including the reuse of existing fabric, urban policy and civil action.

afterFORM - Parity Group

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January 2024

From June to September 2023, the Architecture on Stage programme curated by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with Barbican Centre welcomed five emerging Swiss practices, whose lectures were presented as a series called afterFORM. Each of the practices, 8000 agency, Bessire Winter, Schneider Türtscher, Truwant+Rodet+ and Parity Group is representative of a growing tendency in Swiss architecture to embrace topics including the reuse of existing fabric, urban policy and civil action.

The Swiss Business Hub UK+Ireland once again held its annual high-performance engineering fact-finding mission at Silverstone for exchanges in motorsports. Since 2018, the delegation has toured the UK’s legendary “motorsports valley” five times with the Business Hub.

a group of people posing for a photo
a group of people posing for a photo
a group of people posing for a photo
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Performance Engineering Mission 2023

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December 2023

The Swiss Business Hub UK+Ireland once again held its annual high-performance engineering fact-finding mission at Silverstone for exchanges in motorsports. Since 2018, the delegation has toured the UK’s legendary “motorsports valley” five times with the Business Hub.

On 13 November 2023 the third round of strategic dialogue between Switzerland and the UK took place in London. The discussions centered on the intensive and diverse bilateral relations between Switzerland and the UK, current international affairs, and European matters. The primary objective of the discussions was to enhance political, economic and scientific cooperation between the two nations.

the delegates around a table
the delegates around a table
the delegates around a table
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Switzerland-United Kingdom Strategic Dialogue

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November 2023

On 13 November 2023 the third round of strategic dialogue between Switzerland and the UK took place in London. The discussions centered on the intensive and diverse bilateral relations between Switzerland and the UK, current international affairs, and European matters. The primary objective of the discussions was to enhance political, economic and scientific cooperation between the two nations.

On 27 October 2023 the President of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Councillor Alain Berset, travelled to Oxford to give a speech in one of the most distinguished and historic debating chambers in Europe, the Oxford Union. His keynote address focused on Switzerland’s role in a fractured world – a world in which conflict, democratic backsliding, human rights infringements and border-defying challenges such as climate change are increasing.

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Swiss President speaks at Oxford Union on Switzerland’s role in a fractured world

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October 2023

On 27 October 2023 the President of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Councillor Alain Berset, travelled to Oxford to give a speech in one of the most distinguished and historic debating chambers in Europe, the Oxford Union. His keynote address focused on Switzerland’s role in a fractured world – a world in which conflict, democratic backsliding, human rights infringements and border-defying challenges such as climate change are increasing.

On 14 September 2023, the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK held the first edition of our Soirée Suisse at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The Swiss Ambassador greeting guests
The Swiss Ambassador greeting guests
The Swiss Ambassador greeting guests

Soirée Suisse 2023

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September 2023

On 14 September 2023, the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK held the first edition of our Soirée Suisse at the Royal Academy of Arts.

NatalieThomas, Head of the Swiss Business Hub UK shares her experience and outlook on the flourishing trade relations between Switzerland and the UK with the readers of "London Business Matters", the magazine of the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

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Flourishing Trade Relations: The Promising Future of UK-Swiss Economic Partnership

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September 2023

NatalieThomas, Head of the Swiss Business Hub UK shares her experience and outlook on the flourishing trade relations between Switzerland and the UK with the readers of "London Business Matters", the magazine of the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

During the month of June, the Architecture on Stage programme curated by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with Barbican Centre welcomed five emerging Swiss practices, whose lectures were presented as a series called afterFORM. Each of the practices, 8000 agency, Bessire Winter, Schneider Türtscher, Truwant+Rodet+ and Parity Group is representative of a growing tendency in Swiss architecture to embrace topics including the reuse of existing fabric, urban policy and civil action.

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afterFORM - Schneider Tuertscher

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July 2023

During the month of June, the Architecture on Stage programme curated by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with Barbican Centre welcomed five emerging Swiss practices, whose lectures were presented as a series called afterFORM. Each of the practices, 8000 agency, Bessire Winter, Schneider Türtscher, Truwant+Rodet+ and Parity Group is representative of a growing tendency in Swiss architecture to embrace topics including the reuse of existing fabric, urban policy and civil action.

During the month of June, the Architecture on Stage programme curated by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with Barbican Centre welcomed five emerging Swiss practices, whose lectures were presented as a series called afterFORM. Each of the practices, 8000 agency, Bessire Winter, Schneider Türtscher, Truwant+Rodet+ and Parity Group is representative of a growing tendency in Swiss architecture to embrace topics including the reuse of existing fabric, urban policy and civil action.

© Adliswil train station, densification and renovation, 2022 ©8000.agency
© Adliswil train station, densification and renovation, 2022 ©8000.agency
© Adliswil train station, densification and renovation, 2022 ©8000.agency
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afterFORM – 8000.agency

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July 2023

During the month of June, the Architecture on Stage programme curated by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with Barbican Centre welcomed five emerging Swiss practices, whose lectures were presented as a series called afterFORM. Each of the practices, 8000 agency, Bessire Winter, Schneider Türtscher, Truwant+Rodet+ and Parity Group is representative of a growing tendency in Swiss architecture to embrace topics including the reuse of existing fabric, urban policy and civil action.

The UK Swiss Innovation Forum is taking place on 29 June at the main campus of the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel. The Forum's objective is to identify barriers to and opportunities for closer collaboration between UK and Swiss Life Sciences innovation ecosystems and communities.

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UK-Swiss Life Sciences Innovation Forum - 29 June 2023

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June 2023

The UK Swiss Innovation Forum is taking place on 29 June at the main campus of the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel. The Forum's objective is to identify barriers to and opportunities for closer collaboration between UK and Swiss Life Sciences innovation ecosystems and communities.

On 28 June 2023, the Embassy of Switzerland and the Swiss Business Hub UK & Ireland hosted the second Swiss-Welsh Life Science Dialogue at Cardiff Castle to encourage further collaborations between Switzerland and Wales in the Life Science sector.

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Tour of the UK - Swiss-Welsh Life Science Dialogue 2023

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June 2023

On 28 June 2023, the Embassy of Switzerland and the Swiss Business Hub UK & Ireland hosted the second Swiss-Welsh Life Science Dialogue at Cardiff Castle to encourage further collaborations between Switzerland and Wales in the Life Science sector.

Switzerland’s Foreign Minister, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, attended the 2023 Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in London from 21-22 June, where he called for a continuation of the reconstruction process for Ukraine based on the Lugano principles agreed at the first URC held in Switzerland in 2022.

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Federal Councillor Cassis attends 2023 Ukraine Recovery Conference in London

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June 2023

Switzerland’s Foreign Minister, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, attended the 2023 Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in London from 21-22 June, where he called for a continuation of the reconstruction process for Ukraine based on the Lugano principles agreed at the first URC held in Switzerland in 2022.

The Embassy of Switzerland in the UK hosted a symposium and panel discussion on the topic of "Engineering Life: State of the Art and Ethical Challenges" on Tuesday 20 June 2023 in London.

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Engineering Life: State of the Art and Ethical Challenges

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June 2023

The Embassy of Switzerland in the UK hosted a symposium and panel discussion on the topic of "Engineering Life: State of the Art and Ethical Challenges" on Tuesday 20 June 2023 in London.

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin visited London on 14 June 2023 to meet his British counterpart, Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch, for the signing of an agreement between Switzerland and the UK on the recognition of professional qualifications.

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UK and Switzerland sign agreement on recognition of professional qualifications

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June 2023

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin visited London on 14 June 2023 to meet his British counterpart, Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch, for the signing of an agreement between Switzerland and the UK on the recognition of professional qualifications.

How far are we willing to go to optimise the management of the entire Earth? That’s the question asked by the collective Fragmentin with ‘G80’, an installation commissioned by mudac, the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne.

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Fragmentin and mudac at the London Design Biennale

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June 2023

How far are we willing to go to optimise the management of the entire Earth? That’s the question asked by the collective Fragmentin with ‘G80’, an installation commissioned by mudac, the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne.

‍The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Geneva, hosted a well attended two day workshop from 1 June until 2 June 2023. The event was opended with a welcome address by Deputy Ambassador Chantal Moser.

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UK – Swiss Quantum Workshop

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June 2023

‍The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Geneva, hosted a well attended two day workshop from 1 June until 2 June 2023. The event was opended with a welcome address by Deputy Ambassador Chantal Moser.

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is held on 29 May to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world, for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honour the memory of those who have died while serving on peacekeeping missions.

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Switzerland participates in Royal United Services Institute Conference to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers

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May 2023

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is held on 29 May to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world, for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honour the memory of those who have died while serving on peacekeeping missions.

The current UK-Switzerland bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on 1 January 2021 after existing agreements were rolled over to avoid a cliff-edge situation following Brexit. On 15 May 2023 Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin met with his UK counterpart, Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, in Bern to launch negotiations on a new UK-Switzerland free trade agreement (FTA) to boost trade between Switzerland and the UK as two services superpowers. The current trade agreement provides for duty-free bilateral trade in industrial goods and for a partial liberalization of trade in processed agricultural products. It is time for a modernisation of the bilateral FTA that allows us to expand the agreement to new areas of trade, particularly in services.

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Switzerland and the UK launch negotiations on modernised free trade agreement

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May 2023

The current UK-Switzerland bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on 1 January 2021 after existing agreements were rolled over to avoid a cliff-edge situation following Brexit. On 15 May 2023 Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin met with his UK counterpart, Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, in Bern to launch negotiations on a new UK-Switzerland free trade agreement (FTA) to boost trade between Switzerland and the UK as two services superpowers. The current trade agreement provides for duty-free bilateral trade in industrial goods and for a partial liberalization of trade in processed agricultural products. It is time for a modernisation of the bilateral FTA that allows us to expand the agreement to new areas of trade, particularly in services.

Film director Yasmine Bahechar came to Leeds to present her short film Oldschool, screened as part of In Short, Europe, an annual European short film festival. We asked her a few questions. Don't miss the London edition of In Short, Europe on 12 and 13 May at Cinélumière, Institut Français UK.

A group of young adult women hang out in front of a goal
A group of young adult women hang out in front of a goal
A group of young adult women hang out in front of a goal
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Yasmine Bahechar at In Short, Europe: Awakening

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April 2023

Film director Yasmine Bahechar came to Leeds to present her short film Oldschool, screened as part of In Short, Europe, an annual European short film festival. We asked her a few questions. Don't miss the London edition of In Short, Europe on 12 and 13 May at Cinélumière, Institut Français UK.