Why? Nobody was too annoyed when the schedule was changed to allow Shimon Peres address this morning.
What really annoyed everyone was the fact that the conference was completely hijacked and changed from a conference about new web technologies into a presidential campaign for the next French election. Two of the candidates, Nikolas Sarkozy and FranÃ§ois Bayrou were parachuted in to the conference schedule at the last minute, displacing other speakers.
Worse than that, at a conference where the majority of the delegates were not French, the two political candidates addressed the audience in French (and Sarkozy didn’t even take questions).
I have heard many people speculate that this is conference organiser Loic LeMeur’s way of furthering his own political ambitions.
The conference that was delivered was not the one which was advertised. It is not the one I paid for. I think Loic owes an apology for bringing so many people to Paris under false pretenses. I wonder will anyone ask for a refund…