THE CHAMPS ELYSEES COMMITTEE:

THE OLDEST PARISIAN COMMITTEE

SERVING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AVENUE IN THE WORLD

ORIGIN  |
|WHO IS A MEMBER   |
| ITS MISSION    |
| 115 IMPORTANT MESURES TAKEN BY OUR ASSOCIATION |
 



ORIGIN :

Created in 1860 to help develop the Champs Elysees and changed to an association February 14, 1916 by Louis Vuitton to defend and promote the most beautiful avenue of the World, the Syndiate for the Initiative and the Defense of the Champs Elysees was transformed into the Friends of the Champs Elysees and then in 1980 into the Champs Elysees Committee.
The Champs Elysees Committee is today the only association representative of the local businesses of the Champs Elysees vis a vis the administration and public authorities.



Jean-Noël Reinhardt
President of the Committee 'Champs-Elysees'


WHO IS A MEMBER

. 165 businesses and companies which represent 95 percent of the facades of the Champs Elysees, 100 percent of the terraces and concessions accorded on the champs Elysees and more than 20 million of the clients-users of this avenue.
. To its traditional members, are added a certain number of persons, inhabitants and sympathizers, or approximately 200 members.
. It is attached to no federation and does not depend financially on any others than its members dues, without any sponsor. This policy insures its total independence not only vis a vis private interests but also with respect to lobbies.
. It is managed by an elected board. This is composed of 15 active members, all residents of the Champs Elysees, and in permanent contact with its members who have given them their mandate. This board has elected Mr. Roland Pozzo di Borgo as its president since 1985.
.The boards actions are realized by the President and his team, all volunteers.
After the death of Mr Pozzo di Borgo, the new president is Mr Jean Deleplanque, the vice President is Mr Gutten and the general delegate Mrs Rodet.




ITS MISSION :

1. To adapt into daily practice of the Most Beautiful Avenue in the World to the natural evolution of society in order to conserve a harmonious domination and its world class reputation.
2. To insure that one and all respect the prestige of the Champs Elysees-including legally.
3. To assist in insuring a better security and a better presentation of the exteriors of the Champs Elysees, by continually chasing away all nuisances working in direct collaboration with the Prefecture of Police and City Hall.
4. Inform French media of the actions of the Champs Elysees Committee and insure of the reputation of the Champs Elysees with foreign media.
5. To Involve members, by the newsletter, contacts and journal, of all of the cultural manifestations (events) and actions destined to promote the Champs Elysees.


For more informations, contact the committee at :
00.33.(0)1.55.37.04.84 or 00.33.(0)6.60.39.65.06.





115 IMPORTANT MEASURES TAKEN BY OUR ASSOCIATION

1. Illuminations: Creation of the "Illuminations of the Champs Elysees' as requested by our committee in 1981
2. Creation of a free internal newsletter, distributed to all members since 1986
3. A meeting of all members at a General Assembly once a year
4. Investigation and study on rents: on-going and permanent survey
5. Obtained special deferment of TVA for businesses after the terrorist attacks in 1986
6. Removal of barricades on the champs Elysees in August1988
7. Stopped towing of foreign-tagged vehicles
8. Legal case won in the Conseil d'Etat concerning the esthetics of the Champs Elysees
9. Reduction in unauthorized posting of bills
10. Codification of the real estate boundaries for establishing terraces.
11. Opening of summer terraces; special authorizations based on weather (early summer etc.)
12. Improvement in welcome services for foreign tourists on the Champs Elysees
13. Flowers on the Champs Elysees
14. Participated in the restoration of the Arc de Triomphe. The Committee hosted the official reception in December 1988.
15. Organized the security in liaison with the Prefecture for the Bicentennial celebrations on the Champs Elysees in 1989.
16. Established a press office at the Tourist Bureau on the Champs Elysees for the Bicentennial of the French Revolution.
17. Oversaw the preparation of the 'Great Harvest' organized on the Champs Elysees June 24, 1990.
18. Fight against all nuisances on the Champs Elysees.
19. Establishment of a security commission.
20. Intervened with the Prefecture to stop unauthorized street vendors.
21. Police foot patrols as requested since 1990.
22. Coordination of joint actions for the renovation of the Champs Elysees.
23. Established the work schedule for the renovation work on the champs Elysees in cooperation with the City of Paris.
24. Establishment of the new regulations concerning terraces in cooperation with the City of Paris.
25. Coordination of the work concerning the dismantling and re-building of the covered terraces of restaurants.
26. Study on the compensation due the terraces that were removed.
27. Project for summer double terraces.
28. Study of the colors of the awnings for the stores on the Champs Elysees.
29. Publicity: removal of large billboards.
30. Worked on the parking lots under the Champs Elysees.
31. Authorized parking on the even-numbered side of the champs Elysees during the renovation project.
32. Study concerning the problems posed by deliveries.
33. Normalization of ticketing on the Champs Elysees.
34. Twinning with Nagoya in Japan, September 25, 1990.
35. Issued regulations concerning lighting standards for business signs and illuminated publicity on the facades of the buildings.
36. Lighting of the facades.
37. Intervened to maintain the lighting of the facades during the renovation work.
38. Continuation of the Illuminations of the champs Elysees from the Rond Point up to the Concorde and its inauguration November 25, 1990
by Mr. Jacques Chirac, Mayor of Paris,
39. Liza Minelli and Charles Aznavour as the celebrity ?? of the 1991-1992 Illuminations.
40. The Lido went to Japan to celebrate the first anniversary of the twinning with Nagoya.
41. Historical research on the origins of the Committee and its first good works.
42. Creation of the free magazine "Champs Elysees" in December 1991.
43. Study on security issues.
44. Creation of permanent security barometer on the visits to the Champs Elysees by marginals???
45. Closing of the Champs Elysees on New Years Eve to vehicular traffic and institution of special security measures since 1992.
46. Followed the renovation work of the Champs Elysees.
47. Special barriers to prohibit parking of cars on the sidewalks.
48. Request for special parking areas for two-wheeled vehicles.
49. Meetings with Motorcycle associations.
50. Establishment of a test parking area for two-wheeled vehicles followed by permanent parking on streets perpendicular to the Champs Elysees.
51. Establishment of an oversight committee of the Champs Elysees by Mr. Jacques Chirac.
52. Organization of the Press Conference for the Mayor of Paris concerning the inauguration of the first phase renovation of the Champs Elysees.
53. Study on the evolution of businesses on the Champs Elysees and the renewal of commercial leases.
54. Study on the evolution of turnover and sales.
55. Mickey illuminated the Champs Elysees Illuminations in 1993 during the inauguration of the Disney Store.
56. Study concerning Sunday openings.
57. Study for the classification the Champs Elysees as a tourist zone.
58 Champs Elysees classified as a tourist zone.
59. Facades of buildings being cleaned/renovated covered by painting.
60. Obtained reduced parking rates in the GTM parking lots on the Champs Elysees
61. Studied the proposed inaugural celebrations for the new Champs Elysees.
62. Special edition of the magazine "Champs Elysees" with 100,000 copies.
63. Created the Champs Elysees stamp in 1994.
64. Created the Champs Elysees medal in 1994.
65. Reinstated the 'Grand Openings' of films on the Champs Elysees.
66. Grand opening of the film "Le Colonel Chabert" starring and in the presence of Gerard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant and Fabrice Luchini
September 19, 1994 followed by a dinner with the film-makers at Virgin.
67. Inauguration of the New Champs Elysees by Jacques Chirac, Mayor of Paris, September 26, 1994
followed by a cocktail at the Theatre du Rond Point des Champs Elysees.
68. Awarding of the first Champs Elysees medal to Mr. Jacques Chirac, Mayor of Paris.
69. Champs Elysees closed to vehicular traffic for the inauguration of the Yann Kersale Illuminations
especially designed for the creation of the second row of trees on the Champs Elysees.
70. Grand opening of the film "Interview With A Vampire" starring and in the presence of Tom Cruise, December 16, 1994,
followed by a reception at Queen.
71. Since December 1994, obtained authorization to install dais for business entrances.
72. Obtained EDF and Sylvania sponsorship of the Champs Elysees Illuminations since 1994.
73. All signs and lighted publicity conformed to standards based on Champs Elysees regulations.
74. The dancers from the Lido turned on the Illuminations for 1994-1995 on the occasion of the new Lido show-"It's Magic".
75. Study on the location of taxi stands.
76. Study on the evolution of turnover and sales following the renovation work.
77. Creation of secondary summer terraces, April 1995.
78. Coordination of the events and ceremonies surrounding the 50th anniversary of May 8, 1945.
79. Cooperation with the Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historique et des Sites (National Fund for Historic Monuments and Sites)
and the Tourist Office for information for tourists.
80. Organization of the events to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Committee des Champs Elysees.
81. Creation and organization of a now-annual fundraising gala to benefit the Claude Pompidou Foundation.
82. September 3, 1995: first gala with the grand opening of the film "Bridges of Madison County" at the UGC Normandie, starring Clint Eastwood and in the presence of Clint Eastwood and under the auspices of French President Jacques Chirac.
83. Gala dinner at Le Doyen and remittal of a check in the amount of 1.3 million Francs to Madame Pompidou for her foundation.
84. Grand opening of the film "Le Hussard sur le Toit" at UGC Normandie, starring and in the presence of Juliette Binoche, Olivier Martinez and Jean-Paul Rappeneau, followed by a dinner at Le Doyen, under the auspices of Madame Bernadette Chirac, September 10, 1995.
85. Jean Tiberi, Mayor of Paris, inaugurates the Illuminations for 1995-1996.
86. Evening opening of the Arc de Triomphe.
87. February 14, 1996: The Champs Elysees celebrates Valentine's Day in a joint project with American Express
and all of the stores on the Champs Elysees.
88. Grand opening of the film "Les Caprices d'un Fleuve" at the Gaumont Marignan, starring and in the presence of Bernard Giraudeau
and Richard Bohringer, March 24, 1996 followed by an party at the Theatre du Rond Point des Champs Elysees.
89. The "Champs Elysees" magazine changes its format and is issued twice a year of 52 pages.
90. Award ceremony for the Jean Gabin Prize and the Romy Schneider Prize at the Warwick Champs-Elysees.
91. Sculpture exhibition between the Rond Point des Champs Elysees and the Place de la Concorde, April 11th through June 9th, 1996.
92. Grand opening of the film "Remake, Rome an Open City", at the Le Balzac cinema, in the presence of the film-makers and under the auspices of Jean Tiberi, Mayor of Paris, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the twinning of Paris and Rome
, followed by an official dinner at the Bistro Romain, June 11th, 1996.
93. Official visit of a delegation from the city of Beijing to discuss and prepare a twinning with Wang Fujing Avenue.
94. Partnership with the Paris Film Festival at the Theatre du Rond-Point des Champs Elysees.
95. Since 1996, the Champs Elysees re-named 'Cinema Avenue' for the duration of the Paris Film Festival.
96. June 16th, 1996, Jean Tiberi, Mayor of Paris, unveils a plaque renaming the Champs Elysees.
97. Establishment of a ??? service with the Police Commissariat of the 8th District.
98. The Committee is not in favor of special bicycle lanes due to technical problems.
99. Concern expressed for the parking of tour buses in front of the Lido.
100. Second gala for the Claude Pompidou Foundation was held September 17, 1996
with the grand opening of the film "Right to Kill" at UGC Normandie and in the presence of the producer, Arnold Milchan
and under the auspices of Madam Bernadette Chirac and Mr. Alain Juppe, Prime Minister.
101. Gala dinner at Le Doyen and presentation of a check for 1.5 million Francs to Madam Pompidou for her foundation.
102. Asterix on the Champs Elysees for its 37th birthday, October 10, 1996.
103. Illuminations 1996-1997 held November 28, 1996.
104. Alain Delon 'flipped the switch' for Illuminations.
105. Champs Elysees celebrates Saint Nicolas on December 6, 1996.
106. The First Night of Perfume takes place on the Champs Elysees at Sephora, December 21, 1996 to celebrate the winter solstice.
107. Grand opening of the film "Donnie Brasc" at the Gaumont Marignan
, starring and in the presence of Johnny Depp, followed by a party at Queen, March 13, 1997.
108. Coordination of the 1 ½ hour television program "C'est a suivre" with Claude Serillon on the Champs Elysees,
shown on France 2 March 31, 1997.
109. Twinning with Nevski Perspective in Saint Petersburg, May 30, 1997.
110. Creation of the Association of Great Avenues of the World.
111. First competition of "Paintings on the Champs Elysees", June 14, 1997.
112. Support of the "Eyeglasses of the Stars" organized by Alain Afflelou and the 12th Paris Film Festival
for the benefit of the "Enchanted Roofs" Association.
113. Preparation of a documentary on the Champs Elysees for Channel 5 and PBS in Los Angeles.
114. Pariticipation in the commission for "Paris 2000".
115. Publication of the book entitled "The Champs Elysees, three centuries of history" by Roland Pozzo di Borgo, President of the
Champs Elysees Committee, published by Editions de la Martiniere and published in October 1997.


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