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