After the Spanish Government formally offered Vandellos as a possible ITER site on 17th April 2002 (see Newsletter Vol. 2002/2), the French Government confirmed its proposal for siting ITER in Cadarache at a meeting held in Paris on 30th January 2003 under the Presidency of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Claudie Haigneré, French Minister for Research and New Technologies, declared that the decision of the French Government showed the importance to France of the work on controlled fusion, and of the maintenance of their position as one of the leading partners in this field. The French Government was pleased about the strong support that the local communities expressed by the pledging of financial support for this project.