All along the year, the France China Foundation organizes Sino-French events, with either a business, political, cultural or academic focus. These events take place in France or in China, facilitating dialogue between French and Chinese leading personalities.

Date: May 16th 2018

Venue: Château de Versailles


Under the high patronage of President Emmanuel MACRON, and in the presence of Prime Minister Edouard PHILIPPE, France China Foundation held its second gala dinner in the Palace of Versailles orchestrated by Akrame Benallal, Michelin-starred chef and Young Leader. Our guests of honor were Gong Li and Juliette Binoche. A concert was organised in the Royal Chapel of the Palace, performed by French violonist Renaud Capuçon and Chinese pianist Xue Yingjia.

Among our guests:  Brune Poirson – Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Wang Keping – sculptor, Yan Peiming – artist, Ken Hu – Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO at Huawei, Jean-Pierre Raffarin – former Primer Minister, Laurent Fabius – former Prime Minister, President of the Constitutional Council, Louis Schweitzer – Former Chairman of Renault, Ana Girardot – actress.

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France and China face the climate change

Date : December 11th 2017

Venue : Le Conseil constitutionnel

The day before the openning of the Climate summit, France China Foundation has gathered its members and Young Leaders around a breakfast about “France and China face the climate challenge” around  Laurent FABIUS, former President of the COP 21.

Merieme CHADID, astronomer, explorer and Young Leader

GAO Bin, Responsible for China, AXA ; Jad ARISS, Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, AXA ; ZHAO Hongtao, Head of the financial institutions department, Bank of China – Paris ; Phan NHAY, CEO, Bank of China – Paris

Crossed views on China today – Meeting with YAN Lan and Christine CAYOL animated by Christine OCKRENT

Date: October 23rd 2017

Venue: Pagoda Paris


The France China Foundation had the great pleasure to host a meeting around YAN Lan and Christine CAYOL, at the Pagoda Paris, on the occasion of the publication of two books:

Chez les YAN (At the YANs) (Allary Editions), YAN Lan, Managing Director, Head of Greater China Investment Banking, Lazard Asia and Special Advisor of the France China Foundation

Pourquoi les chinois ont-ils le temps? (Why do Chinese people have time?) (Tallandier Editions), Christine CAYOL, Philosopher and Founder of Yishu 8.

An evening animated by Christine OCKRENT


The two books presented during this meeting


YAN Lan, Managing Directror, Head of Greater China Investment Banking, Lazard Asia; Thérèse VIEN, M.Sc. M.I.T. (USA), Director Business Development, Bo Le










André LOESEKRUG PIETRI, Special advisor to the Minsiter of Armed Forces ; LIU Min, Executive director, Goldman Sachs ; Christine CAYOL, Philosopher and Founder of Yishu 8 ; Henri-Pierre VACHER, Partner, O&C Strategy Consultants ; Laurence d’ABOVILLE, Deputy Director, Allary Editions



William DING, Founder and CEO of NetEase
Date: June 16, 2017
Venue: Allen & Overy, Paris

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The France China Foundation was pleased to welcome William DING, the Founder and CEO of NetEase, a Chinese giant in e-commerce and innovation in video games. William DING shared his analysis of the upcoming technological breakthrough in China and answered the questions of the Young Leaders and members who attended the meeting. The discussion was led by Alain Ruello, journalist at Les Echos.

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Presentation by William DING, Allen & Overy

Xiao WANG, Vice-President, ; William DING, Founder and CEO, NetEase ; Bruno BENSAID, Co-Founder, Shanghaivest Ltd.

Date: March, 9th 2017

Venue: Hôtel de Lassay


Under the high patronage of Claude Bartolone, President of the National Assembly, France China Foundation held its first gala dinner orchestrated by Akrame Benallal, Michelin-starred chef and Young Leader. Our guest of honor was Sophie Marceau.

Among our guests:  former Prime Ministers Laurent Fabius and Jean-Pierre Raffarin; Cédric Villani, French mathematician – 2010 Fields Medal; Chen Hong, actress and Wang Keping, sculptor; business leaders (Denis Duverne – AXA, Nicolas Houzé – Galeries Lafayette, Robert Peugeot – FFP, Laurent Milchior – ETAM, Jacques Richier – Allianz, François Quentin – Huawei) ; directors of cultural institutions such as Catherine Pégard (President of Château de Versailles) and Eric Lefebvre (Director of the Musée Cernuschi).

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 David BAVEREZ, Investor based in Hong Kong, Author of Génération Tonique and Paris-Pékin Express

Date: March, 30th 2017

Venue: Allen & Overy, Paris

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The France China Foundation had the great pleasure to host David BAVEREZ for a discussion about his new publication : Paris-Pékin Express – La nouvelle Chine racontée au futur Président.
The debate was led by David BARROUX, Editor-in-Chief at Les Echos and Young Leader.


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Members of the France China Foundation

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François QUENTIN, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Huawei France

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Sophie MORREEL-WEBER, Lawyer, Coster Associates, Christophe LAURENT, Managing Director, Asia Elan Corps. and GAO Bin, Responsible for China, AXA Group

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Marc FRAPPIER, Managing Director, Eurazeo Capital and 2014 Young Leader, with David BAVEREZ

DING Xuedong, Chairman and CEO of CIC

Date: March, 21st 2016

Venue: Allen & Overy, Paris

The France China Foundation was honored to welcome DING Xuedong, Chairman and CEO of CIC (China Investment Corporation) for a breakfast conference bringing together business leaders.

The conference dealt with Chinese economy, Chinese investments in Europe and more particularly, CIC’s strategy in France.

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Emmanuel LENAIN, Director for Asia and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development – DING Xuedong, Chairman and CEO, CIC – ZHAI Jun, Ambassador of PRC in France

Ahmed BALADI, Associate Partner, Allen & Overy; 2015 Young Leader

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LI Yongqun, Chief Correspondent, People’s Daily

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Cédric VILLANI, Mathematician; Director, Henri Poincaré Institute

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Jamie METZL, Author, Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, former Executive Vice President of the Asia Society

Date: July, 1st 2015

Venue: Brasserie LIPP, Paris

Jamie METZL debated with Young Leaders in Paris about :”What the growing China-US competition means for France and Europe?”

Jamie METZL, SHAN Sa, co-founder of the France China Foundation, and Édouard TÉTREAU, Young Leader 2013


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Matthias FEKL, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad

Date: September, 7th 2015

Venue: French Embassy in China, Beijing

The France China Foundation had the great pleasure to host Matthias FEKL for a discussion with Young Leaders and some members of the France China Foundation.

Matthias Fekl and Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Ambassador of France to China

Matthias Fekl and France China Foundation’s members

2013 and 2014 Young Leaders at the French Embassy


JI Qi, Founder and CEO of Huazhu

Sébastien BAZIN, CEO of AccorHotels

Date: June, 22nd 2015

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Paris


The France China Foundation had the pleasure to welcome JI Qi, Founder and CEO of Huazhu and Sébastien BAZIN, CEO of AccorHotels.

The two groups announced at the end of 2014 a strategic partnership that aims to create a giant hotel group in China. Their Presidents discussed during this breakfast the stages of this major operation and shared the lessons they drew for future Franco-Chinese partnerships.

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, introduced this debate by recalling the strong historic ties and longstanding partnership between France and China.

Sébastien BAZIN, CEO of AccorHotels & JI Qi, Fouder and CEO of Huazhu

Sébastien BAZIN, CEO of AccorHotels & JI Qi, Founder and CEO of Huazhu


Laurent Fabius, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères

Philippe VARIN, CEO of AREVA

Philippe VARIN, CEO of AREVA


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Guo Guangchang, Founder and CEO of Fosun

Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med

Date: May, 19th 2015

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Paris


The France China Foundation had the pleasure to welcome GUO Guangchang, chairman of Fosun, and Henri GISCARD D’ESTAING, CEO of Club Med, for a breakfast conference bringing together business leaders.

The conference dealt with the buyout of Club Med by Fosun and the strategies of the two chairmen. They shared the key lessons they learned, to help ensure the success of future Sino-French projects.


GUO Guangchang & Henri GISCARD d’ESTAING

The intervention of the two presidents was introduced by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime minister and H.E.M. Zhai Jun, Ambassador of China in France.

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The intervention of the two presidents was followed by a discussion with major French companies leaders.

The intervention was followed by a discussion with major French companies leaders.


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Founder and executive President of Alibaba group                                         Date: March 10th, 2014

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Jack MA

Jack MA

Pierre-André de CHALENDAR, CEO of Saint-Gobain Group

Pierre-André de CHALENDAR, CEO of Saint-Gobain Group

Henri de CASTRIES, Jacque ATTALI, Jack MA

Henri de CASTRIES, Jacques ATTALI, Jack MA

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