Officials from the President’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs receive Anthony and Suisman at the Elysées.
Paris, February 2009–Representatives of the government of French President Nicolas Sarkozy received Suisman Urban Design’s Doug Suisman and RAND’s Ross Anthony at the Elysées Palace–the presidential complex–for a briefing on the Palestine initiative and the Arc project. The meeting was arranged by French Consul David Martinon; attendees included Christophe Bigot, senior advisor on the Middle East to the Foreign Minister, and two representatives from Mission Union de la Méditerranée, President Sarkozy’s initiative for sustainable development and economic cooperation among Mediterranean nations. The briefing took place inside the historic Hotel de Marigny, the former private palace which serves as France’s official guest residence for foreign dignitaries. While in Paris, Anthony and Suisman also met with Valerie Hoffenberg, the French ambassador the Middle East peace process.