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Financial Times: Entente cordiale for City bigwigs

By Emiliya Mychasuk and Emiko Terazono

Published: March 27 2008 23:06 | Last updated: March 27 2008 23:06

The Lord Mayor’s banquet for Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni on Thursday night brought together a wide range of executives from Britain and France to toast the presidential couple with Ruinart champagne and sip Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac 2001.

It went with a main course of British beef served with globe artichoke souffle and Dauphinoise potatoes.

Among the French executives on the guest list were EMI’s Jean-François Cecillon, Chanel managing director Olivier Nicolay, KKR’s Jacques Garaïalde, Jean-François Decaux, the co-chief executive of JC Decaux and Pascal Boris of BNP Paribas, reinforcing his party-loving reputation.

The legion of bankers in the room included Morgan Stanley’s Franck Petitgas and his soon-to-retire colleague Michael Zaoui. Also invited was Barclays chairman Marcus Agius, as well as the rainmakers who are ubiquitous at such events, Bob Wigley of Merrill Lynch and John Studzinski of Blackstone.

The line-up of leading British company chiefs included Royal Dutch Shell chief Jeroen van der Veer, Aviva boss Andrew Moss and Anglo American chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart. The minor celebrity quotient was made up by Gabriela Irimia of pop duo The Cheeky Girls, invited along with her boyfriend Lembit Opik.

View the Menu and the seating plan.

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