It’s all change here at ATOUT FRANCE this week with the arrival of two new press officers: Hannah and myself, Stephanie. We will be on hand to facilitate media requests and organise press trips/meetings, along with everything else that comes in the day-to-day life of a press officer at ATOUT FRANCE, including updating our new blog with our travel logs and insider tips on France of course!
We have been warmly welcomed into the team and can’t wait to get our teeth stuck into the tasks at hand.
We’ve hit the ground running and already have a busy week ahead of us. On Wednesday, we will be attending the French Mountain Media Road Show in London so we’ll make sure to introduce ourselves and say hi to any of you that we haven’t previously met. Otherwise please feel free to contact us in the office – find the contact details in our press corner on the website.
Hannah and I have many things in common (we both studied at Durham University for starters) but here’s a little bit about ourselves …
My time in France has given me a great insight into France and the French way of life: culture, food, wine, business, Nougaro… I’ve had the opportunity to discover a country varied in its geography, its traditions and customs. I really believe that France is a country of diversity, providing anything for anyone. Its cultural scene with world-class museums all over the country (not just Paris), fabulous beach destinations, amazing shopping and any sport you can think of!
It also allowed me to find out about the history and traditions of a French population which is moving with the times and opening itself up towards the tourism and leisure industry. Living and working in the country means I have been able to bring on my French language, practicing mostly in the South West, giving me a little Toulouse accent! But, we can also see and hear what’s really happening in the country and what people really think – giving me lots of insider tips.
Since graduating from university with a degree in Languages & Cultures, I have been working in PR on the agency side in the North of England (on both sides of the Pennines) and more recently in London (or ‘down south’ as I still tell my family and friends at home!)
During this time, I have represented everything from lawyers to liqueurs, property to paint and charities to candles but leaving the wacky and wonderful behind me, I am extremely excited by this new career move, which will allow me to bring together my experience and my enthusiasm for France and French culture.
As any linguist will tell you, I always like to feel ‘at home’ when on holiday so I look forward to sharing some secrets and showing you a slice of the authentic French life!