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Prime Minister Fillon (France) in Strasbourg's European Business Area: Innovation in HighTech+Crafts

Written by ACM
Friday, 04 December 2009

Innovation, with strong Political Will, productive Investment roots, "Green Growth" and Internationalisation, were at the focus in Strasbourg's "European Business Area", already looking on how to shape the after-Crisis new era, during French Prime Minister Francois Fillon's visit to a High-Tech big Industry's landmark, at Alstom's Transport factory, famous for its High-Speed and Eco-Trains spreading from Regional areas up to Russia and other Countries, at nearby Reichshoffen, as well as to the larger Chamber of Craftsmen in EU's History, which celebrated 110 Years of Constant presence in Rural space despite all Global Crisis and still absorbed 1/3 of new SMEs created recently, ready to renovate 50% of its craftsmen by Young people in the next few years.


    France and Europe are now "in the Middle of a New Stage of Transition" between an old and a new Economy, before and after the Global Crisis, Fillon stressed.

    - "At the Heart of Industrial Innovation", the "New Challenge of Environment protection", brings "a large part of our Growth Potential in the "Green Growth". And "the Winners, in this New Deal, will be those who will anticipate, by finding how to transform the Environmental constraints into Opportunities for New Markets and in Competitivity stimulus", he explained.

    Initialy highlighted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy's declarations, earlier this year, on Environment-friendly Innovative Industrial Investments, as f.ex. in modern automatic computerized production systems renovating Historic Forestry Wood Sewmill at nearby Urmatt (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozyforests.html ), this is also  a model strongly supported by OECD's Secretary General, Angel Guria, in statements to "EuroFora" after his annual speech at CoE's Assembly this Autumn in Strasbourg, who announced that the International Economic Organisation has just received a new mandate to systematically work on "Green Growth" during the next 3 to 5 Years.
    France and all the EU have a very strong Research and Education level, in many areas among the best in the World, but their links to Industry need to be boosted, Fillon observed, agreeing with EU Commission's recent conclusion, (Comp. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/researchorturkey.html )  

 - That's why we must, "now, give an International Dimension to the Poles of Competitivity, which are at the foundations of our Industrial policy, by aiming to strengthen cooperation between Research, Business  and Industry", the French Prime Minister anounced.

    "F.ex. in the area of Eco-Technologies", where we shall soon create "New Poles of Competitivity", Fillon anounced near Strasbourg, Headquarters of Alsace Region, in which, Senate's vice-President, Philippe Richert, recently proposed to precisely establish an "Eco-Tech" pole, concentrating New Technologies which protect Natural Environment.


    Alstom's Giant Factory, amidst Reichshoffen village's splendid Green Nature, was chosen by Fillon as a concrete example :

    By giving a great importance to Research, developing attractive and efficient Public Transport systems, and innovative ways for Energy efficiency, as well as cooperating in the production of Renewable Energy Sources, "Astom has all the cards to win the game of Green Growth", he observed.

    Fillon said that  shortly after important meetings with Russian Prime Minister Poutine, and while Alstom's CEO, Patrick Kron, recently anounced a "Strategic Partnership" of the leading French mega-company with Russia's biggest Industrialist in Rail, TMH, to modernize production methods and create New Models of Rail Transport, adapted to Russia's railroad business, according to New Technologies developped jointly by Alstom and TMH (Trans-Mash-Holding).


    - "Our structural Partnership with the leading Russian company aims at the long-run : It's doesn't have to be limited from the start by determining only certain concrete projects, because it has ambitious Strategic aims for the Future, as Mr. Kron made it clear", significantly said to "EuroFora" Alstom-Transport's Director of Communication, Christine Rahard.
    This might include, sooner of later, also what "EuroFora"'s founder has been supporting at least as early as from the beginning of 2005, at the eve of an exceptional Spain - France - Germany - Russia Quadripatrite Summit at Elysee palace in Paris,  i.e. the idea to create a PanEuropean Fast Railroad Axis linking Madrid to Paris, Berlin and Moscow, all the way through the main body of the European Continent, and progressively extended to other European Capitals as well as to the huge Trans-Siberian, up to Vladivostok, at the Pacific Ocean, facing Japan, China, Canada and the US.  
    This obviously fits well the much larger and Geo-Politically ambitious New Plan initially proposed by French President Sarkozy on early 2009 to "create a Common Space between the EU and Russia", as well as other Neighbouring Countries, that was warmly welcomed by the new Russian Ambassador to France, Alexander Orlov, (an experienced former CoE Chairman-in-office during the Russian Presidency in Strasbourg on 2007), in statements to "EuroFora" in Paris on September 2009 (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/orlov.html ), and started fast to be effectively realized in successful Top Political meetings between the French and Russian Prime Ministers, Fillon and Poutine, in Moscow and Paris, September and November 2009.

    Moreover, Alstom recently added an important new domain of activities in Europe, by taking over, together with Schneider Company, the Energy Transport and Distribution sector from Areva, becoming the "No 1 leader in the World" in the transport of medium voltage Electricity,  as Fillon underlined.


     - "At present, France (as well as Germany) came out of Recession, after Investing in some 1.000 Projects, with some 27 Billion € injected in the Economy, and already 80% of our targets for 2009-2010", Fillon observed, speaking side by side with the Minister in charge of the Stimulus Plan, Patrick Devedjian.

    - "1 Year after the Global Crisis", facts prove that "those who have chosen to stimulate productive Investment, instead of Consumption", have already started to see the end of the tunnel : F. ex. Recent estimations are that France will end 2009 with less Recession than -2,2%, Spain and the UK at - 4,6 and -4,7%, Germany with -5%, etc, while in 2010 predictions indicate a + 1% Growth, i.e. the double of EuroZone's average : +0,5%.
     But, at the same time, while Europe and the World are progressively recovering from the Global Crisis, some other, emerging Economies, as f.ex. China, are marking Double-digit numbers of Growth, showing that resources are moving towards that direction, he warned.   

 - "Facing the Global Competition", France and all EU's Industry "must innovate", and focus a large part of its resources in our Industrial Investments for the Future", Fillon concluded, pointint at a forthcoming visit by French President Sarkozy next week in Strasbourg, at the eve of EU's Heads of State and Government Brussels' Summit.

    Significantly, Fillon's statements in Strasbourg were made between two important meetings he had with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Poutine and EU's President Herman Van Rompuy, in the preparation of French President Sarkozy's venue here, next week, to speak about main Investments' Strategy, at the eve of EU's Summit, which is due to discuss also Europe's plans on how to drive the Economy out of the Global Crisis and how to shape the after-Crisis' era.  

    - "A policy exclusively based on the quest of Cheap prices is not Sustainable", and often "contrary to the Competitivity in the long run", he observed, advising to give Priority to Investment in Innovations able to make an industry more competitive and able to penetrate more domestic and international markets.

    Adding even an Artistic Symbol, Fillon inaugurated at Strasbourg's European Business Area, an original Sculpture focusing on "Innovation", based on "Anamorphosis" (re-shape) technique : It presents a differend image according to the point of view, and/or of the spectators' movements, as the sculptor said.

    Joining Big Industry and High-Tech with Craftmanship, Fillon also visited the biggest Chamber of Craftsmen in France, that of Alsace Region, ("Chambre des Metiers d'Alsace"), which represents some 17% of jobs, 1 out of 3 new business created, based on quality of service, but without out-sourcing, anchored mainly at Rural areas where it celebrated ist 110th Anniversary.   


    - "Thanks to the Digital Economy and modern Telecommunications", it's not only Big Industry, but also Craftsmen who can cultivate a conquering spirit at foreign markets, observed the French Prime Minister, (a strong supporter of Internet and President Sarkozy's promise to find ways to progressively spread Access to High Speed Networks accross the country, as he recently showed in a Paris' Conference on the "New Digital Economy" : See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/digitalsociety.html )    

Even when Internet was initially used only by a few pioneers in Europe and elsewhere, "EuroFora" remembers well that the daughter of American Journalist Bob Sablatura, a Texas News Reporter, founder of the "Reporters.Net" e-mail Worldwide network, (where you needed to prove, by several published Articles, Newspaper's coordinates, etc., your Journalist status, in addition to paying a fee before getting a precious "reporters.net" pioneer e-mail address...), had created an innovative then Flower trade with fresh Roses offered and delivered on demand, through regional network links : Beautiful Flowers could be shown, chosen and delivered on the spot, thanks to an efficient Website and e-mail system, which has became a "routine" now, many years later, but was an innovative breakthrough back in the Past before 1995, not only for beginners in Journalism, but also for Craftsmen..   

 An area obviously useful for resisting and resorbing the Global Crisis' aftershocks, adding on the spot a Human and social presence of proximity business, as it was shown, inter alia, also with 3 concrete examples of young ladies creating a new Flower trade or Jewelry at Alsace region's villages, in parallel with a young man taking over and renovating a traditional Woodcurve cabinet-maker business existing since the 1800ies and founded by his grand-father, (etc).

    It all gave an opportunity for the French Prime Minister, side by side with the well known in Strasbourg former EuroMP, Herve Novelli, Minister for Trade and Enterprise, to anounce measures to boost in France big SME's, as in Germany, as well as the creation of a new legal status for individual business.



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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".


Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :


The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !


- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".


"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

To Young People : "New Horizons"
To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).





But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.


"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.





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