24 Oct 2018

JERSEY SANDBOX: testbed in digital for French start-ups



To support start-ups in Brittany and Normandy, as well as business creation projects in their challenges, Digital Jersey, expert in FinTech, Health Tech and IoT, organized, in collaboration with Rennes -St Malo French Tech and Normandy Welcome, two mornings of information and exchanges, on 25 and 26 October 2018, respectively in Rennes and Caen.

Digital Jersey has presented the benefits of the island to welcome entrepreneurs or project leaders wishing to test their innovation in a pilot area of ​​appropriate size that has all the necessary technological infrastructure (including the best fibre optic connection in the world), in several predefined sectors which are FinTech, IoT and E-health.

This same presentation will soon be made to the digital players in London, but given the relationship woven with neighbouring French regions through well-established cooperations, French neighbours are not forgotten and have even had exclusivity! Because this experiment could represent an excellent springboard for the Brittany and Norman companies wishing then to conquer the Anglosaxon market.

“French companies wishing to export their product or service to the English market now have an ideal way to access a test-bed before going international. We have already attracted the interest of several companies in France who see the advantage of using their Jersey neighbour in this way, “said Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey.



5 Oct 2018

Summit with Normandy and La Manche


On Friday 5th October Guernsey hosted the annual political summit with Jersey, Normandy and La Manche, to discuss progress on areas of joint working that form part of the cooperation agreement signed by the jurisdictions in 2015. Alderney and Sark are associate members of the agreement.

The summit was hosted by Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, member of the Policy & Resources Committee with responsibility for external relations, and will be attended by Senator John Le Fondré, Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, Jersey Minister for External Relations, Hervé Morin, President of the Region of Normandy and Marc Lefèvre, President of the Conseil Départemental of La Manche.

The programme for the day consisted of a political meeting to discuss the areas of cooperation that are being worked on, as well as a signing of an agreement between Guernsey Museums, Jersey Heritage and Normandy network of Museums (Fabrique du Patrimoine) to work together.

The day ended with a visit to the exhibition of Norman photographer Olivier Meriel. His portraits of Anglo-Norman figures form a traveling exhibition, which will continue in Jersey in 2019, and the Musée de Normandie in Caen 2020 to integrate Normandy Impressionism’s programming.



3 Sep 2018

Jersey official visit in the Somme


On 3rd September, a delegation led by the Bailiff of Jersey, alongside the Lieutenant-Governor, the Chief Minister and officials visited Guillemont and Soyécourt in the Somme county, North of France

 to commemorate 102th anniversary of the Battle of Guillemont, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI on 11th November 2018. This event was an important ceremony to highlight Jersey’s history and links with France.

The delegation from Jersey paid tribute to the “Jersey Contingent” or so called the “D company” in Guillemont where the island of Jersey has its very own statue remembering the contribution of Jersey men in this terrible battle. The “human shape” statue is made of granite from Jersey and was first officially unveiled on 3rd September 2016. The “heart” of the statue was officially brought back to the island today and will then be presented to the people of Jersey by the Bailiff on 11th November in Royal Square over a public ceremony.

The ceremony in Guillemont was organised by the Mayor, Monsieur Didier Samain and was combined with another ceremony led by the Irish Ambassador in France, Her Excellency Patricia O’Brien, paying tribute to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles (with responsibility for the “D Company” of Jerseymen) which fought in Guillemont.

The second part of the visit took place in Soyécourt, which the island of Jersey contributed to rebuild post WWI. The Jersey delegation was greeted by the Mayor Mr Luc Maille who shared various interesting historical facts, unknown to Jersey, which led Jersey’s historian Ian Ronayne to start new researches on Jersey’s further contributions after the war.

Press articles are available in the JEP and in the Courrier Picard.



3 Jul 2018

Summit with Ille-et Vilaine


Guernsey has hosted the second annual summit with Jersey and the department of Ille et Vilaine, following the signing of a cooperation agreement in June 2017 to promote greater partnership working between the three jurisdictions.

Jersey first signed a cooperation agreement with the French department in 2008, which was renewed in 2014, and the two jurisdictions have met annually to explore opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation. Last year, Guernsey joined the partnership for the first time.

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, member of the Policy & Resources Committee with responsibility for External Relations, Senator John Le Fondré, Chief Minister of Jersey, and Jean-Luc Chenut, President of the Conseil Départemental of Ille-et-Vilaine, jointly chaired the summit where various subjects were discussed. These included educational links; youth mobility; sports exchanges; cultural initiatives; and economic opportunities. Guernsey also signed a framework agreement with the departmental council of Ille et Vilaine to collaborate on overseas aid projects under the mandate of the Overseas Aid & Development Commission.

Visit Jersey ports 27 June 2018

27 Jun 2018

Ports and Tourism officials from Brittany in the Channel Islands


A small delegation from the Regional council of Brittany visited Guernsey and Jersey on 26-27 June to meet their counterparts, and it was the first time such meetings at operational level were organised.

Discussions included opportunities of cooperation on the promotion of marinas, economies of scales in arranging port equipment to work consecutively in St Malo and in Jersey- Guernsey, and possible tourism opportunities. The Breton delegation also advised on plans for change at the St Malo harbour.

This first visit was considered very fruitful. It has enabled to establish a first contact and discuss concrete projects that could be beneficial on both sides of the water.


JLT Hubert Vedrine Marc Lefèvre

7 Jun 2018

Peace Forum in Normandy


The first Peace Forum, called Normandy for Peace, imagined by President Morin was held in Caen on 7-8 June and attended by Deputy Le Tocq, member of the Policy & Resources committee in Guernsey, on behalf of the Channels Islands.

For two days, more than 5,000 people (including a large representation of young people) joined the Abbaye-aux-Dames, headquarter of the Regional Council of Normandy, to attend debates of “very high quality and very high level led by international experts – like Ban Ki Moon, former Secretary General of the UN or the former foreign minister, Hubert Védrine”. It is indeed more than 130 speakers who came from Europe, America, Africa or Australia. 35 countries were represented at the event.

The topics were varied and topical, the situation in Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Afghanistan, the Balkans and thematic workshops on nuclear deterrence, war journalism, child soldiers or terrorism, etc.

President Morin, for whom “Normandy has the historic legitimacy of talking about the construction of peace” wishes to perpetuate this event, which will take place each year after the commemorations of the D-Day of 6 June 1944 and the Battle of Normandy, with the ambition to contribute to “the establishment of models of anticipation of crises with the leaders of this world”.


Visit ST Malo Harbourmaster 7 June in Jersey

7 Jun 2018

First visit of St Malo Harbour Master to Jersey


For the first time, Bruno Lassus, harbor Master of St Malo came to Jersey to meet his counterpart William Sadler. Mr Lassus was accompanied by Xavier Haurez Managing Director of Morvan Fils and Frederick Wakefield Director General of Condor ferries St Malo.

It was a cordial and constructive visit. The delegation were able to get out on the water in the Duke of Normandy vessel and discover Jersey’s Multi Beam echo sounder, discuss training, operation room layouts and the various capital infrastructure projects both Harbours have in the pipeline.

And of course, a lot was shared on common experiences and challenges.


Route du Rhum presentation Mr Hobl

24 May 2018

Emergency planning and population security working groups in St Malo


A delegation from the Channel Islands comprising Emergency planning officers, police intelligence, harbor authorities and Customs and Immigrations officials came to St Malo to meet their Breton counter parts. The objective of the day was to initiate contact and better understand how things work respectively and identify each other’s counterpart to contact when needs be.

The preparation and safety measures around the Route du Rhum have also been discussed.

This first meeting has kindly been arranged by the Sous Préfet of Saint Malo, François Claude Plaisant, representative of the French State in the corsair city, and will be followed by regular exchanges.


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14 May 2018

Le Cercle littéraire de Guernesey- Première in France


London, 1946. Juliet Ashton, a young writer in need of inspiration, receives a letter from a mysterious member of the Guernsey Literature Club created during the occupation. Curious to learn more, Juliet decides to go to the beautiful Channel Island and then meets the eccentric members of the literary Circle of lovers of potato peels including Dawsey, the charming and intriguing farmer at the origin of the letter. Their confidences, his attachment to the island and its people or his affection for Dawsey will forever change the course of her life.

On screens in France on 13 June

24 Apr 2018

Meeting with French Ambassador


Senator Philip Bailhache and Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, respectively External Relations Ministers in Jersey and Guernsey have met the newly appointed French Ambassador, HE Jean Pierre Jouyet on 24 April.

An important step to maintain good relationships with France, the closest neighbouring country.


CROSS Jobourg

19 Apr 2018

Emergency planning officers visiting La Manche sites


A small contingency from Jersey and Guernsey visited Cherbourg and the surrounding areas as guests of the French Authorities. This follows the visit of the French counterpart in the Channel Islands in June 2017.

 Emergency planning exchanges with France are a key element in helping to protect the welfare of the Channel Islands.

The trip represented an opportunity to visit a number of the local emergency services with the intention of improving the current collaborative workings, and develop better exchanges with our French counterparts to prepare for any future incidents that could potentially impact the Channel Islands.

 It was also an opportunity for Emergency Planning Officers from both Islands to sign their existing Memoranda Of Understanding (MOU’s) with Chief of Staff of the Prefet of La Manche, and to improve and update local contingency plans.

Jersey Edu dept signing MOU with UniCaen

22 Mar 2018

Formalised partnership between Caen University and Jersey Education Department



After a comprehensive visit in Feb 2017 to meet pupils in secondary schools of the island, the University of Caen Normandy came back to Jersey for the Higher Education Fair.

The aim is to encourage Jersey students to consider taking their degree in Caen, especially as they would benefit from the support of the Carré International team and Education Department. The positive links were strengthened last summer through a visit to the campus by a number of Jersey teachers and participation in a French summer course by an officer from the Jersey Education Department.

On 22 March, the connection has been formalised through the signing of a cooperation arrangement that notably gives a number of Jersey students easier access to accommodation.

Attending university in France is a realistic, viable alternative for Jersey students. Not only does it offer a more affordable higher education option, but it also provides an opportunity to become proficient in a second language, with great potential to enrich a student’s university experience. – Chief Education Officer Justin Donovan

To note that the University of Caen Normandy hosts nearly 3000 foreign students each year, representing nearly 120 nationalities.



24 Feb 2018

Jersey at the Paris Agricultural fair


Senator Lyndon Farnham, Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture visited the International Agriculture fair in Paris. An opportunity to meet numerous dignitaries, including Mrs Fabienne BUCCIO, the Préfète of Normandy ; Mr Hervé MORIN, Président of the Region of Normandy, or Mr Marc LEFEVRE, President of La Manche, to promote the good products of Jersey.

Let’s recall that Jersey is working closely with it’s longstanding partner of La Manche and is having a stand within the La Manche area. A concrete outcome of the established cooperation, to mutually promote our territories and produces.


Marc Lefevre

23 Feb 2018

First official visit of President of La Manche in Guernesey and Jersey


The President of Departmental Council of La Manche, Mr Marc Lefèvre, visited the Channel Islands, where he met with Ministers to discuss matters of mutual interest; including Brexit and the trading, educational and cultural links between the Channel Islands and the region of La Manche.

The strong relationship between the Channel Islands and La Manche has developed exponentially over the past two decades, with a formal partnership agreement between Jersey, Guernsey and the Normandy region renewed in September 2016.

Mr Lefèvre, who is a vet by profession, was the Mayor of Saint-Mère-Eglise for over 30 years, alongside diverse roles within the departmental government of La Manche. He has hosted the visit of many political figures from the Channel Islands and Bailiffs across the years, including during milestone anniversaries of D-Day in his capacity as Mayor.

Whilst in Guernsey, the French delegation met Guernsey’s Lieutenant Governor, Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Corder, and the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas, who formally welcomed Mr Lefèvre on his first official visit to the Island.

Mr Lefèvre also met with Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, member of the Policy & Resources Committee with responsibility for External Relations, and other senior politicians to discuss the current areas of cooperation with the Department of La Manche, which include areas such as tourism, cultural initiatives, educational links and digital opportunities.

Mr Lefèvre then travelled to Jersey where he was hosted at a welcome dinner by the Bailiff of Jersey, Sir William Bailhache.

During their stay in Jersey the French delegation met with the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache; the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham; the Minister for Planning & Environment, Deputy Steve Luce; and Education Minister, Deputy Anne Pryke. The Ministers discussed diverse matters of cooperation with Mr Lefèvre including the development of cultural projects between Jersey and La Manche, and the ongoing success of existing educational programs.

Mr Lefèvre also met formally with the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Stephen Dalton, and attended a lunch hosted by the Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst.


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13 Feb 2018

Work placement opportunity at BIAN


Presentation of the structure

The Bureau des Iles Anglo Normandes (BIAN) represents the Governments of Guernsey and Jersey in France and is based in Caen.

It has been operational since June 2014 and operates under the authority of Guernsey’s Policy and Resources Committee and Jersey’s Ministry for External Relations. It is responsible for ensuring the continuity of relations between the Islands and the French authorities, as well as promoting political, cultural and educational exchanges at a regional scale.

Description of the work placement

BIAN is looking for a competent trainee to perform various administrative tasks to support the small BIAN team while being immersed within it. The post holder will undertake a variety of activities in the office but the main focus will be to prepare documents following the forthcoming general elections in Jersey, and ahead of various major political events.

Proficiency in French and English is essential, and the person will be reliable and hardworking with great communication skills. Knowledge of the Channel Islands will be considered as a bonus. The duration of the placement is set to 6 weeks, from 23 April and can be extended if the assignments cannot be completed in time. The location will be in the BIAN office in Caen. The successful trainee will benefit 15% of the French social security threshold.


  • Draft biographies of newly elected politicians of Jersey
  • Research on relevant committees at the Assemblée Nationale
  • Undertake an opinion survey in Normandy and Brittany, comprising the drafting of questions, up to the statistics
  • Research and briefing work to assist in various educational and cultural projects
  • Perform other ad hoc office duties as assigned
  • Required to maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality


  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking abilities
  • Fluency or very good level of oral and written French and English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Very good knowledge of MS Office
  • Will be subject to confidentiality restrictions/rules
  • High school diploma in language or politics

Applications should be sent to the following address:

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19 Oct 2017

Préfet of Brittany makes first visit to the Channel Islands


The Préfet of Brittany, Mr Christophe Mirmand, visited Jersey on Thursday 19 October, to meet representatives from the Governments of Guernsey and Jersey, as part of the growing relationship between the Islands and the Brittany region. This is the first time that a Préfet of Brittany has visited the Channel Islands.

As Préfet, Mr Mirmand represents the French Prime Minister and Government in the region. His main responsibilities are representing the state at local government level, security – including the coordination of the police and gendarmerie forces, and safety – especially coordination in the event of a natural disaster and subsequent relief operations.

Mr Mirmand met with delegations from both Islands, including the Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst; Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, the Jersey Minister for External Relations; Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Policy & Resources Committee Member with responsibility for External Relations in Guernsey; Deputy Kristina Moore, Jersey Home Affairs Minister and Deputy Mary Lowe, President of the Committee for Home Affairs in Guernsey.

During his visit, Mr Mirmand discussed ongoing engagement between the Channel Islands and France, both at a national and regional level, and was briefed on matters including emergency planning and maritime rescue, as well as the Islands’ strong energy and fishing links with the Brittany region. Mr Mirmand was also updated on both Islands’ objectives and preparations for Brexit.

The Préfet’s visit concluded with a meeting with Home Affairs Ministers of Guernsey and Jersey, on the cooperation between the Channel Islands and Brittany in matters of policing and customs.

Sylvaine Carta le Vert in Guernsey Oct 2017

17 Oct 2017

Top French Diplomat in Guernsey


The Bailiwick’s ties with France will become ever more important after Brexit. That is according to the French Consul General in London who was speaking during a recent trip to Guernsey.

Sylvaine Carta-Le Vert was in the island after being invited to act as the guest of honour at a dinner celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Le Cercle Francais in Guernsey.

The senior diplomat spoke with members of Le Cercle Francais, including the Patron, the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas.

She told them our links are very important. Madame Carta-Le Vert says the current political climate shows just how vital Britain’s links with France are.


strategic meeting

6 Oct 2017

Summit with Normandy and La Manche


Representatives from Jersey and Guernsey attended the annual political summit between the Channel Islands, the department of La Manche and the region of Normandy on 6th October 2017. The Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, the Member of the Policy & Resources Committee (Guernsey) with responsibility for External Relations, Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, and the Minister of Environment of Jersey, Deputy Steve Luce made an official visit to Caen. Guernsey and Jersey have a cooperation agreement with Normandy and La Manche to promote greater partnership working between the jurisdictions. Alderney and Sark are associate members of this agreement.

The delegation was welcomed to Caen by the President of the Normandy region, Hervé Morin, and the President of the departmental council of La Manche, Philippe Bas. They were joined by the Prefect of La Manche, Mr. Jean-Marc Sabathé, who represented the French State at the summit.

An update was provided on the various projects that have been carried out since the last summit in Jersey in 2016, including areas such tourism; cultural initiatives; educational links; and digital opportunities.

A number of joint artistic initiatives took place around archeological sites which resulted in a travelling exhibition which visited Jersey in September 2016 and Caen in July 2017. Jersey and Guernsey were also invited by Normandy to join a European cultural network to work alongside six other European countries on matters relating to the Second World War. The objective of this network is to discuss how to communicate the ‘duty of remembrance’ to future generations.

To support the existing educational links with Normandy, the Channel Islands are implementing a partnership agreement for apprenticeships in culinary arts. The main objective of is to stimulate students’ international mobility, improve their proficiency in French, and enable them to discover other cultures and working techniques in the course of their studies.

Other subjects of common interest were discussed such as emergency planning, immigration issues and energy.

Alongside the agenda items relating to the cooperation agreement, Brexit and its implications for the Channels Islands were also discussed.


3 Oct 2017

Recteur's visit to Jersey


The Recteur of the Academy of Caen (highest Education Head in Normandy), Denis Rolland, visited Jersey on 3 October, accompanied by Marc Millet, Regional Councilor of Normandy and Chairman of the Training Committee, and Christine Le Bacheley, Vice-President of the Departmental Council of La Manche in charge of Education. The delegation was welcomed by Deputy Rod Bryans, Minister of Education of Jersey and Deputy Paul Le Pelley, Minister of Education of Guernsey.

The day began with a primary and secondary schools visit to better understand the Jersey school system. A working meeting was held in the afternoon, which enabled to present the Norman delegation the pilot project of a bilingual class in French in two primary schools in Jersey. It is in this context that it has been proposed and approved that two teachers from La Manche would come to Jersey in November to conduct workshops in French to the pupils of the pilot class, with their Jersey counterparts. An opportunity for these French teachers to also improve their language skills in English.

The discussions also made enabled to go though the numerous initiatives undertaken on both sides of the sea to promote the mobility of school children and the learning of another language.

A framework agreement is expected to emerge in 2018, listing the many possible initiatives and projects proposed to schools by the Rectorat and the Education ministries.

This first visit of the Recteur to the Channel Islands was considered very fruitful.


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21 Jul 2017

Cyber security visit in Rennes 20 July


A Channel-islands delegation comprising the director of digital strategy of Jersey and the Head of Information Assurance at the States of Guernsey have been to Rennes on 20 July for a fact finding visit on cyber security.

Brittany being a leading region in the sector, various meetings were held thanks to BDI (Bretagne’s economic development agency). Channel Islands delegates were able to present the island’s digital strategies, learn more on the Cyber Excellence cluster and the ANSSI (French national body for Cyber defense aspects) and met a sample of starts ups, demonstrating the expertise in the region and dynamic in the development of this specific field.

Published here on twitter


asian hornet

18 Jul 2017

Cooperation between the Jersey Ministry of Environment and the Normandy DRAAF


It was on 17 July that a new meeting was held between the Ministry of Environment of Jersey and the Regional Headquarter for Food, Agriculture and Forestry in Normandy (representing the Ministry in the region). Another meeting was held with the Environment department of the Departmental council of La Manche.

The discussions, established for many years, focused on the threat of the Asian hornet, established in Normandy, and having recently arrived in the Channel Islands.

Published here on twitter

Rod Bryans visiting UniCaen 13 July

13 Jul 2017

Minister Bryans visiting the University of Caen


The Minister for Education of the Government of Jersey visited Caen University on 13 July ahead of a draft agreement between the Education Department and the University of Caen. An Education spokeswoman who spent a couple of weeks in Caen as part of a “summer French courses scheme” said “we’re hopeful the first students from Jersey could go there to study from September 2018”. In France students do not pay for their university tuition and Jersey students who attain the required grades at A Level would only need to pay an insurance and enrolment fee to undertake a course at the university”. The University of Caen is just a few miles away from Jersey and also offers English support classes and a concentrated one-year French language diploma course which students can take before going on to do a full degree at the university.



13 Jul 2017

Launch of the Art’Cheology exhibition


‘Art’chaeology’ is a creative archaeological residency project which explored links between artistic and archaeological research that has seen two artists from Normandy and Jersey spend time developing work in both jurisdictions. In July 2015, the four artists (Matt Falle, Karen Le Roy Harris, Amélie Delaunay and Fleur Helluin) spent 5 days as part of an active team on an archaeological site in Vieux La Romaine near Caen, where they interacted with archaeologists, were shown key findings and artefacts, and had access to sources of information in archives and libraries. Later that month, the artists completed their Jersey residency under the guidance of Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology, Olga Finch, as well as Dr Matt Pope and his team. The artists were given access to many of Jersey’s significant archaeological sites including Les Varines, La Hougue Bie, La Cotte and Neolithic dolmens.

The concept of the project was to explore and celebrate archaeology by introducing contemporary artists to archaeological sites, leading to a travelling exhibition of work in each territory. As well as the research element of the project, it also offered an opportunity for the artists to explore each other’s home and get to know one another and their respective practice.

Since summer 2015, the four artists have been producing pieces of work (at home) in response to the sites and the discoveries they made. An exciting mix of mediums has been presented at the ‘Art’Chaeology’ exhibition, which includes installation, print, ceramic work, painting, sketching and sculpture. This travelling exhibition started in Jersey in September 2016 and has been travelling to Caen for two weeks in July 2017.

The launch of the exhibition in Caen was hosted by Anne-Marie Cousin, Vice-President of the Regional Council of Normandy and Deputy Rod Bryans, Minister for Education at the Government of Jersey on 12 July 2017.

‘Art’chaeology’ was developed by Les Ateliers Intermédiaires and Jersey Arts Trust, with support of the Normandy Regional Council, the Institut Français and the States of Jersey. It also received support of the Calvados Department Council, Vieux la Romaine’s museum and archaeological sites, the Maison de la Normandie, and the experts and archaeological sites of Jersey Heritage.


7 Jul 2017

Channel islands delegation visiting UniCaen


Education department in Jersey and external relations department in Guernsey have arranged to take four teachers from secondary schools in Jersey and one officer from ER depat in Guernsey to Caen on 7 July to show them around the university. The purpose of the visit is to give the teachers real experience of the university, so they can confidently explain to their students in Jersey what it will be like to study there. This is part of the great partnership agreement that the Education department is about to finalise with the University of Caen. Not only Jersey students would benefit of a proficiency in French but it would also give them the opportunity to enroll into European Programmes and study across Europe and the world for one year as part of their curriculum. The fees of the university are also very attractive and UniCaen also provides cheap accommodation options within the campus.

The teachers also visited the ESAM (Ecole Supérieure d’Arts et Médias) with is a dedicated university to Arts. Registration are open to all students from across the globe and the ESAM have recently teamed up with UniCaen to provide a preparation one-year accelerated French course focused on Arts aiming to help students reaching a good level of French to pass the entry exam to ESAM. An opportunity that may be interesting for CI students willing to study arts.


French festival

7 Jul 2017

Le French festival 7-16 July in Jersey


Le French Festival used to take place 30 years ago. This year, Jersey and France decided to renew the concept of this event during a week of cultural activity celebrating Jersey’s links with France.

The new initiative is a collaboration between the Alliance Française de Jersey, the Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche, the French Consul and the Department of Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, each offering a range of different events in a week spanning Bastille Day from 7 to 16 July 2017.

Many activities are planned to please everyone, a pétanque tournament and a sailing race for the ones who love sport, film screening for children but also for the whole family with “La Grande Vadrouille” and Carmen Opera thanks to the cooperation with the Opera of Rennes, a historic tour of La Hougue Bie, and a guided tour on Victor Hugo, contemporary art exhibitions, a Norman market for food lovers, music tales and a great ceremony for Bastille Day on the 14th of July.

Tracy visiting Henri Brunet in Caen 1

3 Jul 2017

Education officer visiting Bilingual school in Caen


The Communication Officer of the Education Department, in charge of the development of educational links with France has visited the international section of a Primary School in Caen on 3 July 2017. The objective of the fact finding visit was to experience the French model and drag inspiration to develop a similar and adapted model to Jersey. The officer met with Rectorat officers (French Education Ministry in regions) as well as the English teacher and Headmaster of the primary school Henri Brunet. She could consult curriculum as well as school books and the digital system in place which allows teachers to communicate with parents. Special thanks to Henri Brunet school and the Rectorat of Normandy for arranging this very constructive visit.


26 Jun 2017

Emergency planning cooperation with La Manche


A senior officer in charge of Emmergency planning in the neighbouring department of La Manche (Normandy) visited Guernsey and Jersey 22-23 June, to meet his counterpart in the islands. The visit has served to strengthen the relationship between the Préfecture of La Manche and the Channel Islands. During his visit, the French officer met with representatives of the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastguard and Emergency Planning Services in both Islands and visited their operational bases. These meetings proved to be beneficial and enabled to discuss operational issues and capabilities, underlining the close cooperation between the jurisdictions.



12 Jun 2017

Summit with Ille et Vilaine


On 12 June, Guernsey and Jersey have signed a cooperation agreement with the department of Ille et Vilaine in Brittany to promote greater partnership working between the jurisdictions. This was the first annual summit in La Gouesnière (near Saint-Malo) gathering the three jurisdictions, as Jersey first signed a partnership with the French department in 2008. This year, Guernsey has joined the partnership for the first time and the three jurisdictions engaged to work collaboratively for the forthcoming three years on projects of mutual interest.

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, member of the Policy & Resources Committee with responsibility for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, Minister for External Relations of the Government of Jersey, and Jean-Luc Chenut, President of the Conseil Départemental of Ille-et-Vilaine, jointly chaired the summit where various subjects were discussed. These included educational links; youth mobility; sports exchanges; cultural initiatives; construction; and digital opportunities.

“It was both an honour for me and a significant step forward for us to sign the cooperation agreement along with Jersey and the authorities of Ille et Vilaine.” Jonathan Le tocq declared.

President of the Conseil Départemental of Ille-et-Vilaine, Jean-Luc Chenut said:

In a context where temptations to withdraw from society are asserting everywhere in Europe and in the world, it seems essential to me that the Department of Ille et Vilaine firmly reaffirms its commitment to the international cooperation”

As far as the Government of Jersey and the States of Guernsey are concerned, this desire for openness is also part of a close relationship, integrating the maritime and coastal specificities of our territories.


With the Mayor

9 Jun 2017

Cultural cooperation between Brittany and the Channel Islands: Opera of Rennes, Carmen!


On 8 June, around 9000 people attended Rennes ’outdoor opera “Carmen” in front of the Opera House, on the famous “Place de la Mairie” in the city centre; and 7000 others scattered around the city in front of the 27 screens set up for the occasion.

Every two years, Rennes Opera broadcasts a live performance from the stage of its Opera House to screens throughout Brittany. Jersey has been a partner of the event for the past three editions, and Bizet’s Carmen will be screened in Jersey and Guernsey respectively on 8 July and 28 September.

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, foreign affairs’ Minister of Guernsey and Deputy Murray Norton, assistant Minister in charge of culture in Jersey, were honoured to attend the evening in Rennes and see the momentum of the public.

This project led by Rennes and Rennes Metropole has been developed with Guernsey and Jersey thanks to the cooperation developed between Jersey and the department of Ille et Vilaine since 2008 and to which Guernsey joined this year.



8 Jun 2017

Base Erosion and Profit shifting Multilateral Convention, OECD Treaty


4 Jun 2017

Celebrations in Guernsey of the departure of the British Infantry to Cambrai WW1


On the 4th of June, Guernsey celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the departure of the island’s soldiers of the British Infantry to Cambrai during the first world war. Philippe Bas, former Minister, Senator of La Manche and President of La Manche County Council was present to represent France during this very emotional celebration. Here is an extract from his speech:

“It is a great honour for me to come to Guernsey – which has always been dear to the Norman soul, and will always remain so – to be by your side today and commemorate with you the centenary of the departure of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Henry de la Condamine, for the battlefields of Northern France.

As President of the Department of La Manche and a member of the French Senate, I am your closest neighbour in Normandy, and I feel deeply moved today as I express the gratitude of the French nation to the people of the island of Guernsey. […]

The sons of Guernsey stood against a determined German counter attack during the war and suffered very heavy losses. Almost every family in Guernsey mourned the loss of a dear one. […]

The purpose of these commemorations, as we enact them today, is to continue the fight to ensure that these tragic events shall never be forgotten, and their importance never undervalued. […]

Our devotion to their memory and our ability to pass it on to future generations not only marks our respect for those who sacrificed their lives but, in particular, testifies to our staunch determination to believe in humanity.” Philippe Bas




4 Apr 2017

Great example of cooperation with France in terms of Search & Rescue


Exercise ‘Resilient Islands’ is a large scale multi-agency exercise which incorporates the MOD UK Bi-annual Ops Defence Regional Resilience Exercise (CAST).

The overarching scenario is based around an at sea collision between a cruise ship and a passenger ferry in Jersey Territorial Waters. This resulted in both vessels being disabled and subsequently a fire starting on board the ferry.

It also involves initiating military assistance in terms of maritime resilience capabilities and repatriation of passengers and UK Government support from the Resilience Emergencies Division (RED) of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and activation of the Emergencies Council. The exercise took place in Jersey between the 6th & 10th March 2017.

It is in this context that the Préfecture Maritime de la Manche et de la mer du Nord (PREMAR) participated the exercise by providing their helicopter to help making this exercise a success. This comes to reinforce the close cooperation between French and Jersey sea Rescue services.

In addition to that, thanks to the cooperation between PREMAR’s helicopter and Jersey rescue services, a Jersey woman’s life was saved from falling in Grosnez’s cliffs on 3rd April.


Peace forum

24 Mar 2017

Peace forum


At the invitation of Hervé Morin, President of Normandy, Sir Philip Bailhache and Jonathan LeTocq attended the first prefiguration forum dedicated to Peace. The objective was to gather as many ideas as possible to be able to organize a true Peace Forum in 2018.

With the D-Day Landing Beaches and the Caen Memorial, Normandy is home to iconic locations that regularly host Heads of State and of Government from around the world to commemorate the liberation of Europe and the return to peace.

While Normandy is working to promote peace through its decentralised cooperation efforts, it can also act as the key region for discussing the peace situation around the world in the same way that Davos is the site of debates on economic issues.

It has therefore been suggested that a World Peace Forum should be held every year in Caen in parallel with the D-Day Landing commemorations.

The Channel islands Ministers were pleased to provide Normandy with the support of Guernsey and Jersey to this initiative for Peace.


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22 Mar 2017


On 22 March, BIAN attended Seanergy in le Havre on behalf of CIMREG (Channel Islands Marine Renewable Energy Group). The objective was to meet French companies and institutions (primarily Normandy) in order to identify ways to work with Normandy on this particular topic. Some action points have been identified and are currently being discussed.


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18 Mar 2017

Soyhuce, a start up from Normandy attended Guernsey Hackathon


On Saturday March 18th Guernsey has welcomed teams and individuals including Soyhuce, a company from Normandy to the Digital Greenhouse to take part in a one day Ideas Hackathon. The workshop posed the challenge; “How can technology promote the Island to visiting cruise liner passengers?”

This day-long event saw teams participate to explore a defined challenge. Rather than a traditional hackathon, in which teams develop code/solutions, this workshop uses HPES tools and business modeling to take you through the stages of idea creation, collaboration and generation of mock-ups of your digital concepts. Therefore, this workshop is a valuable exercise for those interested in how we solve big problems, how technology can drive change and those who wish to learn ways to take an idea from a concept to business model.

In 2016 Guernsey welcomed over 130,000 visitors from cruise liners. This challenge is to take innovative thinking and digital technology to find solutions that promote Guernsey to these visitors, for the benefit of our Island’s economy. You will be asked to consider the benefits for both visitors and local businesses/suppliers/stakeholders in your solution, as well as propose a business model that can support the project.

It was the first time that Guernsey Digital Greenhouse hosts a French company in their event and wishes to attract even more in the future. This reflects the good cooperation between Guernsey and Normandy digital sectors.



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9 Mar 2017

New opportunities to study in France


With the objective to offer an alternative option to UK universities for Jersey students to become bilingual by studying in France post A-Level, the University of Caen attended the Higher Education Fair in Jersey on 9 March. They presented all types of studies that the University can offer from business to languages, arts and medicine but the University particularly excels in History.

We also had the pleasure to welcome the EESAB (Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Arts de Bretagne) from Rennes on board the fair for the first time this year. They presented their broad spectrum of arts studies available to all students from Europe and elsewhere in the world.



27 Feb 2017

Agricultural Show in Paris, a successful partnership with La Manche


Since 2014, Jersey has been working in partnership with the Departmental Council of La Manche to share La Manche stand at the Agricultural Show in Paris (SIA).

The objective of Jersey presence is to promote Jersey’s agricultural industry and products at a key event in France’s agricultural calendar that welcomes around 700,000 visitors/year as well as to endorse the island as a holiday destination. The event is an opportunity to build up contacts and tourists database and to demonstrate the Island’s close links with Normandy and providing a platform for further mutually beneficial engagement.

This year, we were concentrating on the Big 4 – Jersey Lobster, Jersey Oyster, Jersey Royals and Jersey Dairy – a special Genuine Jersey brochure in French focusses on these and was issued and distributed on the stand as well as a “win a holiday” competition put together by Visit Jersey.

This successful experience allows the island to promote itself in France at so many levels thanks to the opportunity provided by the Department of La Manche.



24 Jan 2017

Opportunities to study in Caen


A team from the University of Caen will come to Jersey on 9 February to present to the parents and pupils of high school the possibility of high studies in Caen, an alternative to the British universities and a door open on France. An initiative strongly supported by the Minister of Education of Jersey. More information here.


8 Nov 2016

Apprenticeship visit


A Channel delegation delegation came to Caen on 8 November to meet with the management and teachers of the ICEP CFA. After a visit of the site to better understand the disciplines taught, discussions were held on the possible ways of cooperation in the apprenticeship, with a focus on the catering. A visit deemed very interesting, facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce of Caen, and in the presence of the Normandy Region, which should lead to a concrete exchange project in 2018.


18 Oct 2016

Visit of the French Ambassador in Guernsey


The French Ambassador, HE Mrs Sylvie Bermann, visited Guernsey on 18-19 October. This was the Ambassador’s first official visit to Guernsey since her appointment as French Ambassador to the UK in August 2014.

The visit of the French Ambassador included various meetings, commemorations and cultural activities. The Ambassador met with Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq and members from the Committees for Economic Development, Home Affairs, and Education, Sport & Culture, as well as representatives from Sark and Alderney, during which issues such as tax and maritime matters were discussed.

The Ambassador also presented the Légion d’honneur to a local D Day veteran during a presentation hosted by HE Sir Ian Corder. This was followed by a short commemoration ceremony at the Smith Street War Memorial to mark the Battle of Verdun and remember the local soldiers, both British and French citizens, who fought in France during the Great War. Her visit also included a short meeting with the Préfet Maritime of Cherbourg who was visiting Guernsey on the same day around other specific maritime matters.




18 Oct 2016

Maritime Prefet in the Channel Islands


The Préfet Maritime of the North and Channel Sea (based in Cherbourg) visited the Channel Islands on 17 and 18 October 2016. The objective was to develop regular and sustainable contacts with the emergency services of the Channel Islands and cooperate better on safety operations and exercises at sea. Admiral Ausseur was hosted by the Harbourmasters of Jersey and Guernsey. He also met with the Ministers for External Affairs and Home Affairs Ministers of each island.



16 Sep 2016

Quadrilateral summit in Jersey


The President of the Normandy Region, Hervé Morin, and the President of La Manche, Philippe Bas, made an official visit to the Channel Islands on 15 and 16 September 2016.

On 15 September, they spent the day in Guernsey, where they met with the Bailiff, the Chief Minister and members of the business community. The following day, the delegation (including representatives of the States of Guernsey) visited Jersey to attend an annual summit. The summit explored opportunities for partnership between the four jurisdictions (Jersey, Guernsey, La Manche and the Normandy Region), as agreed in the cooperation agreement that was signed in Normandy last year.

The delegation was welcomed to Jersey by the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and they were also joined by the Prefect of La Manche, Mr. Jacques Witkowski, who represented the French State at the summit. Representative of the Chief Pleas of Sark, associate member of the agreement, also attended.

Since the inaugural summit in Mont Saint Michel last year, there have been elections in Normandy and Guernsey. This year’s summit will therefore serve as a formal welcome to the President of Normandy, Hervé Morin, the President of La Manche, Philippe Bas, and Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier.

An action plan was also presented, proposing joint projects in higher education, academic exchanges, culture, environment (including marine renewable energy), tourism and other areas of the economy.

A signing ceremony to renew the cooperation agreement between the four parties and extend it to a larger scale in Normandy concluded the meeting.


7 Sep 2016

Offshore windfarm off St Brieuc public enquiry


The French Government announced in 2012 that it had given permission for the development of a wind farm off the coast of St Brieuc, Brittany. The development will take place in French waters, however turbines would be constructed up to the outer limit of Jersey waters to the south of the Island.

A formal public enquiry, initiated by the French government, started in France on 4 August to explore the project more fully. Anyone can make a submission to the enquiry.

Developers, Ailes Marines, presented their plans at a public meeting at Fort Regent on 6 September and have set up an exhibition at Fort Regent from 18 August until 29 September.

As part of the consultation, public enquiry commissioners came to Jersey on September 7, to record the views of Islanders and the Government.

People could also give their views to the public enquiry by recording comments on a paper register held at Fort Regent reception for the duration of the public enquiry. An online version was also made available for comments and questions until 29 September.


3 Sep 2016

Commemorative monument in Guillemont, Somme


On 3rd September, the Bailiff of Jersey unveiled a stone in Guillemont which commemorates the men of the Jersey Contingent, Royal Irish Rifles, who fought and died there in September 1916 and all from Jersey who served in the Great War. Their hearts, like the heart of this stone, lie in Jersey.


9 Jun 2016

Summit with Ille et Vilaine


The Government of Jersey and the Breton department of Ille-et-Vilaine held their annual summit in Jersey on 9 June 2016.

Since they signed a cooperation agreement in 2008, which was renewed in 2014, Ille-et-Vilaine and the Government of Jersey have met annually to explore opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation.

The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and the President of the Conseil Départemental of Ille-et-Vilaine, Jean-Luc Chenut, jointly chaired the summit. Deputy Al Brouard, representing the States of Guernsey, also attended the summit as an observer, reflecting Guernsey’s increasing engagement with Ille et Vilaine.

Among the subjects discussed at the summit were: trade opportunities; construction; educational programmes; cultural and sports exchanges; and environmental issues.



20 May 2016

French Ambassador's visit to Jersey


The French Ambassador to the UK, Her Excellency Mrs Sylvie Bermann visited Jersey on 19 and 20 May.

During her visit, the Ambassador met the Bailiff, Mr William Bailhache, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, as well as other Ministers. She stayed at Government House as the guest of the Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl.

The itinerary for the visit included the laying of a wreath at St Thomas’ Church in memory of French residents of Jersey who died during World War I, a reception for French nationals at St Helier Town Hall, and the presentation of the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur to Jersey D-Day veterans at the Old Library in the States Building. The Ambassador also visited Mont Orgueil, as well as attending meetings at the Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche and the Alliance Française de Jersey.

During her stay, the Ambassador also met business and finance industry representatives, and was the guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Bailiff. ​



15 Apr 2016

President Philippe Bas's first visit to Alderney


On Friday 15 April, the President of the Departmental Council of La Manche Philippe Bas made his first official visit to Alderney and was welcomed by its President Stuart Trought. On the program of the day, besides the discovery of the island, thematic meetings and visits were held around the development of relations between Alderney and La Manche, improved maritime links with the continent, and renewable énergies.

1 Mar 2016

Meeting with the National Assembly study group on the Channel Islands


The Chief Minister of Jersey visited the National Assembly to meet the study group of the Channel Islands chaired by the MP Guenael Huet. The visit to the Chamber during question time to the Government was followed by a working time with members of the study group to exchange on economic related topics.


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1 Mar 2016

La Manche- Jersey stand at the Agricultural show


For the third consecutive year, Jersey and La Manche shared a joint stand on the Normandie area of the International Agricultural show. A fantastic showcase to highlight once again the island’s iconic products, demonstrating the range available and their great qualities through tastings and promotional materials.

Economic Development Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham visited the stand on 28 February, and the Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst attended the official launch on 1st March, reaffirming the wish to work closely with the Department of La Manche and the Region of Normandy to the promotion of our régions.


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19 Feb 2016

2016 Victor Hugo in Guernsey Festival


From 2nd April 2016 to 10th April 2016, Guernsey will host the Victor Hugo in Guernsey Festival. This festival is organised to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the publication, in 1866, of Toilers of the Sea, a worldwide famous novel written by Victor Hugo while in exile in the island (from 1855 to 1870).

The festival is organised by the “Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society”, and is supported by “Visit Guernsey”, the “Guernsey Art Commission” and “Hauteville House”.

The island wide festival will offer a range of activities from exhibitions to a seminar or artistic performances. The Festival will also associate schools, with a series of competitions related to art and Victor Hugo from January to April.

For more information on the events, please have a look at the programme here

Guernsey's Bailiff and other island officials