Thursday 8 December 2011, by
Centre d’Accueil de la Presse Etrangère, Grand Palais, Cours la Reine – Perron Alexandre III, 75008 Paris (Nearest Métro: Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau)
Anyone who needs a workplace can try the Centre d’Accueil de la Presse Etrangère (CAPE) or foreign press centre, at the corner of the Grand Palais near the Pont Alexandre.
All you need is to show your NUJ press card at the CAPE reception desk, and that gets you access to the press room down the spiral staircase. There are PC workstations, photocopier and printer, wifi and phones. The phones allow free domestic calls but not foreign numbers or mobiles. I get my editors to call in by giving them the number.
There is a coffee machine, water cooler and a rest area with a sofa. Upstairs there are newspapers.
Sometimes the workroom can get crowded, sometimes noisy, but I have always found a place free when I needed it.
The CAPE used to be at Maison de la Radio, but the present location is extremely handy.
If you want to register as a regular user, you will be asked to provide ID, accreditation letter and copy of articles, if you are a print journalist. You can also apply for a French foreign ministry press card there.
The CAPE is open from 9 to 6.30 pm. The chic Mini Palais restaurant is across the entrance, if you want to meet contacts for tea.
Yet another good reason to join the NUJ Paris.