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A press conference on the travelling seminar "On Albert Londres' footsteps" organised in Balkans this summer within the multilateral decentralised cooperation Programme France Balkans took place on 12th July in the Headquarters of the Regional Council Ile de France in Paris.
Around twenty persons (among them the Macedonian Ambassador in France, a representative of the French Ministery of Foreign Affairs, partners of the network France-Balkans, journalists, bloggueurs, etc) attented the press conference, which aimed at presenting the travelling seminar "On Albert Londres' footsteps" to a wide public.
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Jean Claude Mairal, who was representing the Pays Vichy Auvergne, presented the multilateral decentralised cooperation programme France-Balkans, its objectives and activities. He reminded that Pays Vichy Auvergne is leader of the Programme gathering twenty local authorities and organisations from France and Balkans countries and underlined the specific role of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), which is both partner and coordinator of the programme.

Then he gave more details on the project "On Albert Londres' footsteps", which consists on a travelling seminar in Balkans countries dedicated to promote reporting journalism among dispriviledged youth from France and Balkan countries in August 2012 (from 5th to 24th). The main objective of this project is to revive Albert Londres’ (1884-1932) experience, born in Vichy, father of modern journalism and reporting, during his numerous investigation trips in the Balkans at the beginning of the 20th century. His story is aimed at stimulating the taste of adventure, curiosity and openness to other cultures among young people with talent for reporting but who do not have the opportunity to travel much and put their knowledge in reporting.

This seminar will involve around 30 young people coming from France and Balkans countries interested in journalism with more or less professional experience in this field and will be accompanied by professional journalists from France Television.

The idea is to realize a web docu of 26 or 52 minutes on main issues tackled in Balkans countries to be relayed by French and Balkans TV and to feed everyday the website of the project with pictures, short movies, written articles, etc

For more information and to follow adventures of the bus this summer, please visit the website of the project


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