Handpicked French people from Spain were able to approach the French president on Thursday evening, on the sidelines of the Barcelona summit.
400 invitation cards had been sent to as many privileged people who were able to listen to the presidential speech and then chat with Emmanuel Macron on Thursday January 19 “lately”, at the always chic French Lycée in Barcelona.
“They distributed the invitations sparingly”, grimaced an expat who nevertheless had his sesame. The evening was clearly the one to be for the members of this strong community: at least 150,000 French people in Spain, some 35,000 in the province of Barcelona alone.
Among the guests
Among the 400 or so happy few, the starred chef Romain Fornell (from Toulouse) who created the cocktail reception; the creator and director of L’IDEM, the school of creative and digital professions, the Perpignanais Pierre Roca who has a school in Barcelona (and who spoke at length with the Minister of Culture) or the director of the CCI Frenchwoman from Barcelona, Christian Marion, and the manager of the 5-star Barcelona hotel Majestic, Pascal Billard.
A united community: “We are proud that the president came to see us”. And there is no need to ask them about the hot French social news that hit this official trip. “Oh no, we’re not here for retreats!exclaims a couple in their forties with the same voice. He did well not to mention it in his speech, now is not the time.
A feeling shared by everyone yesterday at the Lycée français, except one. This young man who had put on a T-shirt bearing the inscription “No to your pension reform” and who was energetically taken out of the room by the French order service.
Nothing to spoil the party, and Emmanuel Macron was able to enjoy a long walkabout, still (a little) far from France, and its million demonstrators.