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The Fraser Institute

October 22, 2007 07:00 ET

Media Advisory: Debate on L'effet Sarkozy With La Presse Columnist Vincent Marissal Kicks Off Fraser Institute's Fall Cocktail Series

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2007) - In the most significant French presidential election since Francois Mitterrand took power in 1981, French voters handed Nicolas Sarkozy a clear majority in 2007. Throughout his campaign, Mr. Sarkozy's mandate was clear: put France back to work after decades of restrictive labour market regulations, generous unemployment benefits and high taxes.

Eric Allan Debargis, president of L'Union francaise in Montreal, and Vincent Marissal, La Presse columnist, will share their assessment of l'effet Sarkozy and its possible impact in Quebec on Wednesday, October 24 in our first of three-evening 2007 Fall cocktail series, Ca se discute: Fraser @ Opus. Tasha Kheiriddin, The Fraser Institute's Directrice, Quebec et la Francophonie will act as moderator.

Mr. Debargis is a member of Sarkozy's UMP party and the lawyer of the Honorary Consul of France in Montreal. In his columns, Mr. Marissal critiqued Sarkozy's tough law-and-order measures and tighter immigration controls that many opponents feared could fracture French society.

Ca se discute: Fraser @ Opus offers a unique opportunity to discuss an array of issues with opinion-makers whose leadership on key topics informs the news and public debate. Next up on November 29, Bjorn Lomborg, author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, will offer a refreshing perspective on climate change. The final installment on January 24 will give you a taste of what Americans can expect in The U.S. After Bush, with renowned author and former presidential speechwriter David Frum.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Program from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm)

Location: Opus - Suco lounge
10 Sherbrooke West, corner of St. Laurent

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