International EQUAL PARENTING Summer School France 25-31 July
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Dear German Groups,
Sorry my German is not really good enough to write to you in German.

Underneath you will find information about the Summer School we are organising in France this summer. We very much want to have good international participation, in particular from German and Scandinavian countries. We would like to get as many active people internationally in this area in the same place to see to wht degree we can work out common strategies and cooperation.

If you are interested in coming please let us know. And if you can post this message on to as many people as you can, we would be very grateful, our German contacts are not very well developed yet. The familyroutes website, giving most of the information for the summer school (campaigns page) is . We
would be very grateful if you would put a link to our site.



International Summer School 1999, 25 - 31 July at LANGEAC in the Massif Central, France

1. To encourage a strong spirit of cooperation and solidarity in Europe and internationally, through direct contacts between shared parenting groups and individuals.
2. To develop a coherent set of international policies to promote respect of family rights.

1. Parents who cannot agree where their children should reside should have the right to 50/50 shared residence.
2. Parenthood must be based only on the child-parent relationship, not that between parents.

Arrival : Sunday 25 / Monday 26 July 1999
Departure : Saturday 31 July 1999

Langeac, Auvergne, France
In a large converted farmhouse and garden, about 500 yards from the town centre on the other side of the bridge next to the river.

The countryside of the Auvergne is hilly, wooded and beautiful, with gorges and mediaeval architecture. Participants in the conference will be able to camp in the adjacent field and will use part of the house to eat and hold the workshops. There are also hotels in town, which should be reserved independently in advance.

General structure :
- workshops will take place in the morning from 9am till 12 noon.
- the midday meal will be at about 1pm
- The afternoon will be devoted to a variety of activities, such as walks, visits to historical sites, canoeing, swimming, etc.
- evening meal  ( about 8pm ) : eating together

The two languages used will be English and French, implying a division into smaller monolingual groups or some translation. Summaries of the discussions in each group will be given at the end of the morning. Participants are encouraged to engage in free discussion during their other activities.

    Tuesday :      Presentations of the different family policies and laws of  each country, with a compte-rendu of the state of play
in  parents' groups, etc.
    Wednesday : What basic principles of action can we unite behind?
    Thursday :     How can professional and bureaucratic structures be  integrated into a new vision of family policy?
    Friday :         International coordination - common actions - conclusions

Participants will receive by email, or if possible by mail relevant information in advance of the conference in order to facilitate progress during our time together.


Meals are communal. We estimate that the cost should be around 400FF (£40 / $70 ) per person for all food and basic necessities, payable on arrival.
Everybody is expected to participate in general household tasks such as food preparation and washing up. Travel costs and any costs arising from visits to museums, etc., are for each individual to pay. There is no charge for camping, which is probably what most people will do - hotel accommodation is not included and should be booked personally.

There is no advance deposit. However, in order to have some idea of numbers we need to know if you intend to come, with your contact details and the names of any others who are coming with you. This may also be helpful in order to link up and travel together.

There are plenty of things to do and places to see within walking distance or a short car trip of where we are staying, and it is an ideal place to come to.

It scarcely needs to be added that the Summer School is conceived on the basis of equality, and that we positively welcome people of both sexes to participate.


Julian Fitzgerald
56 Louis St - Leeds LS7 4BN - UK

email :

Tel : 0044 (0)113 - 229 8949

By car: between Clermont Ferrand and Puy de Dome
By plane to Paris or Lyon.
By train to Lyon and then Puy de Dome.
Thereafter by coach or car to Langeac. We may be able to pick people up at the station if given advance warning.

Auberge de L'Ile d'Amour
téléphone-télécopie: +0033 (0)4 71 77 00 11
Ile d'Amour 43300

Central Hôtel
téléphone: +0033 (0)4 71 77 05 99
7 pl. Aristide Briand 43300

Hôtel Restaurant Roche Eric
téléphone: +0033 (0)4 71 77 08 88
télécopie: +0033 (0)4 71 77 12 03
28 av. Gare 43300

Hôtel Terminus
téléphone: +0033 (0)4 71 77 06 52
1 pl. Gare 43300

Hôtel Restaurant du Val d'Allier
téléphone: +0033 (0)4 71 77 02 11
Reilhac 43300 Mazeyrat d'Allier

Hôtel Abctour
48 r Sarrette 75014 Paris
Audiotel : 2,23F TTC/min: +0033 (0)8 36 69 98 99

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