Hello Édouard,

Thank you for this information.

Condolences on the passing of your colleague Louise.

The news about WMFR that has been sent to this mailing list during the past
few weeks is a matter of serious concern. I hope that there will be
progress on clarifying the facts and, if it seems prudent, making changes
to improve the governance and leadership of WMFR. I am glad to hear that
the WMF staff visit will happen soon. I hope that revoking the chapter
agreement between WMF and WMFR can be avoided, although sometimes a fresh
start is the "least bad" option. I am glad to hear that the WMFR members
have indicated their support for a general assembly, that the WMFR Board
has acknowledged this demand, and that the general assembly has been

Please keep us updated on the situation at WMFR.


On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 3:24 AM, Édouard Hue <edouard....@wikimedia.fr>

> Dear Wikimedia community,
> Here are the latest news from Wikimedia France.
> First of all, we are devastated by the passing of our estimate trustee Mrs.
> Louise Merzeau on July 15th. Louise had been appointed by the Board in
> February with the ambition to learn and profit from her deep knowledge of
> and academic research on the commons. Sadly, the current problems of
> Wikimedia France did not give her the opportunity to get seriously involved
> with the movement before she passed away.
> This sad news reached us a few days after the resignation of Mr. Guillaume
> Goursat, treasurer, from the Board.
> The Board has appointed a new treasurer, Mr. Florian Pépellin, who already
> had a mandate from the Board for banking and financial matters. The
> executive team (chair, vice-chair and secretary) remains otherwise
> unchanged.
> The Board has also acknowledged the demand for a general assembly expressed
> by more than 25% of our members. This assembly will take place on September
> 9th and will be the opportunity for members to elect six new Board members
> to fill the vacant seats, and discuss current issues. The regular General
> Assembly where the certified and audited accounts are presented and voted
> will be held in October as usual. Six Board seats will also be renewed
> then.
> Wikimédia France will receive a site visit from the Wikimedia Foundation on
> the 25th and 26th of July.
> Best regards,
> Édouard, on behalf of the board of Wikimédia France
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