Here are the events for this year, not only those of the ESU Loire Valley, but other associations too. We have everything from quizzes to hog roasts.

Hope to see you soon.

Full details will be circulated when they are available, but below are some provisional dates for your diary. 

Please note that this programme may have to be adjusted if new restrictions come into place and force us to review our activities

February 2023

What Has Become Of The Habsburg Family Today?

A talk by George Habsburg-Lorraine, Hungarian ambassador to France, followed by a meal

Date  18 February

Venue: Brit Hotel Angers Parc Expo Angers – The Acropolis
Bon Puits Park RN 23
49480 Saint-Sylvain-d’ Anjou – ANGERS – see Google maps

Time: 11h45

Cost for members: 32 € Cost for non-members: 36 €

The Ambassador will talk about his family in the 21st century. The Habsburgs are renowned as one of the most prominent and important dynasties in European history. As dukes, archdukes, and emperors, they ruled Austria from 1282 until 1918. They controlled Hungary and Bohemia between 1526–1918 and ruled Spain and the Spanish empire for almost two centuries from 1504–06, and 1516–1700.  What has become of them?

George Habsburg-Lorraine is the grandson of the last Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, Charles Habsburg-Lorraine, and holds many titles within the dynasty.  These include “Imperial and Royal Highness”, “Archduke”, and “Royal Prince” of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia. In the 1960s, his father, Otto Habsburg-Lorraine renounced all claims to the throne in Austria and these titles cannot now be used in some European countries.  

A fervent believer in the European community, Otto Habsburg-Lorraine served as a member of the European Parliament for 20 years. From his father and his ancestors, George has inherited this passion for European integration and like his father, he speaks many languages. 

Having studied law, history, and political science, George first worked in television and journalism. He settled in Hungary in 1992. In 1996, he became Hungary’s Ambassador at Large to the European Union and served as President of the Hungarian Red Cross between 2004 and 2012, before being appointed Hungarian Ambassador to France in 2020.

Invitations and attendance slips have been circulated. Please note the deadline for returning the attendance slips and payments is Saturday 11 February.

March 2023

Regional Public Speaking Competition, Angers

Date  11 March

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA 

March 2023

Monthly meeting, details to be finalised

Date  18 March

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA 

Cost for members: TBA € Cost for non-members: TBA €

March 2023

National Public Speaking finals, Paris

Date  25 March

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA 

Cost for members: TBA € Cost for non-members: TBA €

April 2023

Annual General Meeting

Date under discussion with restaurant

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA 

May 2023

May Day walk

Date 1 May

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA 

May 2023

International Public Speaking Competition, London

8-12 May

Venue: London, details TBA

Time: TBA