Ladies and Gentlemen,
As many of you know, our association was created in 1994 by Mr Declan Mc Cavana, and throughout these 23 years we have had the distinct pleasure of organising the most prestigious debating tournament in France.
Indeed, the FDA proudly now counts well over 1200 veterans, many of whom are now pursuing high-level careers in finance, consulting, diplomacy, law, engineering, education, and the public sector. Our veterans notably include Mrs Audrey Azoulay, Ministre de la Cluture et de la Communication, and Mr Frédéric Mion, Directeur de Sciences Po Paris.
Our aim is to bring together all of the FDA’s alumni, and to foster a deeper exchange between our veterans, both old and new.
Indeed, students taking part in the FDA Tournament will now also be entering a true community, and receive the opportunity to meet and discuss with their predecessors.
We hope many of you will be able to attend this event, this year and in the years to come!
Ladies and gentlemen,
It all started on January 28th, 2016.
After 17 Pools debates, two play-offs, two semi finals at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico and The Irish Embassy, all good things must come to an end.
Indeed, the worst thing about the FDA tournament is that it has an end game… But what an end game this year ladies and gentleman!
This year, we have a theme: Samuel Beckett was born 110 years ago and this anniversary did not go unnoticed by the FDA.
This is why our final motion and our final debate will celebrate his work:
And words will be needed by Ecole Normale Supérieure, who will propose the motion, and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre who will oppose the motion.
We have the distinguished privilege of being hosted by the President of the Assemblée Nationale at the Hôtel de Lassay.
Until then… We wait.