“Lobbyists take on Brussels” – In France it is a discreet business. But Olivier Le Picard, head of Communication & Institutions, says : “The days when you could call someone from your old college and have the problems sorted out are long gone”. While Paris will never be like Washington DC, with its plethora of lobbyists, recently organised themselves into a group called the Association Fran├žaise des Conseils en Lobbying.