Scouting Expedition for G8 Summit Locations

DEAUVILLE, France—On Tuesday, January 31st a reconnaissance team from InterAction took the train to Deauville, France, site of the May G8 summit, and Trouville, its neighboring town to scout potential locations for the G8 summit international media center and possible sites for international NGOs who will be attending the summit.

NGO media access can be difficult given the increasing tendency of host countries to isolate the government leaders and the media covering the summit from civil society representatives and organizations. We discovered that the French government has requisitioned all available hotel space in both towns. 

Given the efficient French train system it appears that the town of Lisieux, a major Normandy train hub, twenty minutes from Deauville and 90 minutes from Paris, can accommodate civil society representatives giving them relatively easy transit access to the summit.