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Lafayette Conference - Tuesday, June 7th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • 07 Jun 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris


  • One couple member. Please add other spouse as a guest (at member rate).

is pleased to invite you to an evening cocktail conference on

The French General Who Helped Win the American Revolution at the Battle of Yorktown

The Marquis de La Fayette

with our two speakers

Laurent Zecchini

Journalist and Author of Lafayette, Héraut de la Liberté

and Sabine Renault Sablonière

Descendant of the Marquis de La Fayette, journalist and author of the book Mémoires imaginaires d'Adrienne de La Fayette


Join us in the beautiful gardens of Columbia University's Reid Hall for this special conference (in English) on the life and times of Lafayette.

First, listen in as Laurent Zecchini, renowed expert on the Marquis, talks to us about his extensive four year endeavour researching his book "Lafayette, Héraut de la Liberté" and his efforts to correct the dual image of the Marquis: Lafayette, a name that resonates with panache, but whose duality in the collective memory sways between that of an icon of freedom and the dupe of men of power. Notably in France the Marquis de Lafayette, a figure so greatly celebrated in the United States (114 localities bear this name), even today still suffers from a tainted image whereby he undeniably played an ambivalent role as both monarchist and republican during the Revolution, ultimately helping the United States win the War of Independence from England.

Behind every great man there is a great woman!

Then, listen as Sabine Renault Sablonière, Descendant of the Marquis de la Fayette, brings to life Adrienne de La Fayette, a woman whose relentless love and incessant support for her husband saw her life tossed from splendor to misery, from castles to prisons.

Through her exclusive access to family archives, Ms. Renault Sablonière will provide a first hand account of this singular woman and the missions with which she was charged. Meet Adrienne - a young girl from a good family dedicated to the traditional life of the great families of the 18th century, Adrienne - a model wife and mother, Adrienne - a businesswoman, administrator and steward of the family patrimony, Adrienne - a transatlantic link in her own way, Adrienne - a great resister in the face of ideologies and vulgarity, Adrienne - a politician, Adrienne - the companion of an incredible destiny .... And the list is not exhaustive.

Register now for this unique opportunity to learn more about a true hero and the woman who stood beside him, whose autonomous and courageous actions so greatly influenced two revolutions that still impact our world today!


Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Reid Hall

4, rue de Chevreuse

75006 Paris

Members: €25

Non-members: €35

Register Now!

Deadline for registration and payment is Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 at 12 pm.

In case of inclement weather we will be located indoors at Reid Hall.

Book Sales & Dedication

Laurent Zecchini's Lafayette, Héraut de la Liberté (2019, Editions Fayard, €26) as well as Sabine Renault Sablonière's Mémoires imaginaires d'Adrienne de La Fayette (2015, Editions L'Inventaire, €20) will be available for cash-only purchase (at aforementioned publisher's price) and dedication. Please think to bring exact change.

About Laurent Zecchini 

Laurent Zecchini is a French journalist specializing in international and defense issues. Throughout his career Mr. Zecchini has held several foreign correspondent positions, namely in Washington, London, Jerusalem, New Delhi and Brussels.

After having spent over 35 years of his journalistic career at Le Monde holding numerous foreign correspondant positions, in 2015 Mr. Zecchini devoted himself to writing as well as a teaching position at Sciences Po. 

About Sabine Renault Sablonière

Honored with the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, a graduate of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations with a degree in Advanced Studies in Contemporary History, in 1996 Sabine Renault-Sablonière created the communications consulting firm ActuPresse.Com.

Prior to that, she was responsible for various communication operations for political figures, companies, parapolitical and humanitarian associations as well as academic and university entities.

Sabine Renault Sablonière is a director of the Hermione - La Fayette association.

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