French Distinctions Delivered By The Ambassador

The Order of the Legion of Honour, created by Napoleon more than 200 years ago, is the highest distinction in the French Orders rewarding those who have greatly contributed to France’s influence.

On Thursday 16 July, a moving ceremony took place at the Shrine of Remembrance in presence of Ms Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne, Mrs Danièle KempConseiller consulaireDean Lee, CEO of the Shrine  and other personalities.

His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot, the Ambassador of France to Australia, awarded the World War II Veteran Mr Cunliffe with the insignia of the Legion d’Honneur.

His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot told Mr Cunliffe’s story, and thanked him for his contribution to the liberation of France in 1944.  The Veteran  was very touched to receive this tribute in the presence of all his family.





Created at the instigation of the General de Gaulle in 1958, the French National Order of the Merit aims to reward those who served the nation and have given distinguished services over a long period of time.

The 16 of July ended with a reception at the Alliance Française de Melbourne to honour its President, Mr Gilbert Ducasse. He was bestowed with the insginia of Knight of the National Order of Merit for his outstanding services to promote the French culture in Victoria. The family and friends of Gilbert were extremely proud!






The Academic Palms, established by Napoleon in 1808, were then bestowed to Mrs Danielle Schilling, professor of French at the Alliance française, in recognition of her contribution to the promotion of French language in Victoria.