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French Debating Association


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French Debating Association


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.

This year, as our family grows, we are launching a brand new annual event: the FDA Veterans’ Exhibition Tournament.

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.

The first edition of the VET will be held on the 2nd of June in the magnificent halls of the Hotel Talleyrand, under the patronage of the United States’ Embassy in Paris which we thank for their support.

Two teams of veterans from ten different institutions will debate the motion “This House would return to the good old days”.

We hope many of you will be able to attend this event, this year and in the years to come!


Université Paris Ouest Nanterre is declared Champion of the 2016 FDA Tournament!


FDA Tournament Final

14th of March 2016 at 7.30 pm

Hôtel de Lassay

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:

This House Believes That Words Are All We Have.

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.


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