In 2001, as the
On 9 April 2008, the Headquarters Agreement between the ITER Organization and the French Government officially entered into force. Accompanied by senior advisor Pascale Amenc-Antoni, ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda (2006-2010) met with Mayor Pizot to share the good news.
In 1959, the creation of a large CEA research centre in Cadarache, an uninhabited section of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (pop. 900), had brought pride, jobs and prosperity to the poor and sleepy community. Half a century later, ITER placed the village under an international spotlight and promised renewed opportunities. In Mayor Pizot's words, Saint-Paul had become the improbable "world capital of the atom." In 2008, he
In 2012 Mayor Pizot, here with ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima (2010-2015), initiated a tradition—the gift of a large Christmas tree ever year to symbolize the family-like relationship between ITER and the local community.
Mayor Pizot's interaction with ITER took on an extra dimension in 2009 when he was appointed president of the
In 2009 Mayor Pizot was appointed Head of the Commission locale d'information, an independent body that acts as an interface between a nuclear installation and the public. He is seen here during a meeting with ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot (2015-2022).