PARIS: Isabelle Clap has been appointed as the new press secretary
to French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.
Clap previously held a similar position at the Ministry of Economy,
Finance and Industry, where she headed press relations for then-Minister
Christian Sautter. Before taking on her new position, she was head of
institutional PR for EuroDisney at its Marne-la-Vallee headquarters.
Besides heading press relations for Jospin, Clap will also serve as his
technical adviser on the press. This is a major position as Jospin has
recently begun making preparations for municipal elections to be held in
The role will also cover his expected candidacy for the French
Elections are planned for May 2002 at the latest, when Jospin is
expected to run against current head of state Jacques Chirac.
Jospin decided to call in Clap after making a number of statements
recently which earned him criticism in the French press. During a visit
to Israel this year, he condemned the Hezbollah guerillas, offending
France’s traditional Arab allies in the Middle East.
Edited by Gidon Freeman.