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meet the president [of Tunisia]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by xi'an

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My trip to work was somewhat more eventful than usual this morning: as the queue to switch to the A train was too long for my taste, I exited the Chatelet station to grab a Vélib rental bike near Le Louvre and followed the Louvre palace for a few hundred meters, until reaching a police barricade that left the remainder of the Rivoli street empty, a surreal sight on a weekday! As it happened, Beji Caid Essebsi, the president of Tunisia was on a state visit to Paris and staying at the 5-star Hotel Meurice. And just about to leave the hotel. So I hanged out there for a few minutes and watched a caravan of official dark cars leave the place, preceded by police bikes in formal dress! The ride to Dauphine was not yet straightforward as the Champs-Elysées had been closed as well, since the president was attending a commemoration (for Tunisian soldiers who died in French wars?) at Arc de Triomphe. This created a mess for traffic in the surrounding streets. Especially with pedestrians escaping from stuck buses and crowding my sidewalks! And yet another surreal sight of the Place de l’Étoile with no car. (In this end, this initiative of mine took an extra 1/2 hour on my average transit time…)

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Dauphine mathematician in Tunisian government!

Posted in University life with tags , on January 29, 2011 by xi'an

Our colleague at Dauphine Elyès Jouini (who also is the vice-president for research) joined the new Tunisian government as the Minister for economic reforms (Ministre auprès du premier ministre chargé des réformes économiques et sociales et de la coordination avec les ministères concernés). A praiseworthy if challenging move! All the best, Elyès!