INTERNATIONAL: Search for communications chief for city of Paris

PARIS: The French capital is on the hunt for someone to fill one of the city’s most attractive PR jobs, the post of director of the General Information and Communications Directorate.

PARIS: The French capital is on the hunt for someone to fill one of

the city’s most attractive PR jobs, the post of director of the General

Information and Communications Directorate.



The DGIC, which oversees all the city’s PR and press relations, has an

annual budget, excluding staff costs, of over pounds 8 million. Besides

handling relations with journalists in Paris and around the world, the

DGIC also publishes the city magazine Ville de Paris.



The DGIC has been searching for a new head since the surprise

resignation on 20 April of Jerome Peyrat, who had held the post since

December 1998, but who has been persuaded to become communications head

for the Rassemblement pour la Republique, the political movement close

to president Jacques Chirac.



Peyrat had previously been communications adviser to Chirac before he

was elected president in 1995. Peyrat then moved over with him to the

Elysee Palace. Still considered close to Chirac, Peyrat is on bad terms

with current mayor Jean Tiberi since he suggested Tiberi should resign

following allegations of wrong-doing.



Edited by Gidon Freeman



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