French MP Mr Thierry Mariani in Melbourne

Mr Thierry Mariani, French MP representing French people living outside of France, spent 3 days in Melbourne from Saturday the 17th until Monday the 19th of October to meet the French community in Victoria.

He met a great variety of French Australian association representatives such as the French Australian Lawyer Society, the new association French Connexion, French Assist Melbourne, the Anciens Combattants, Melbourne Accueil, UFE, and he visited the Alliance Francaise of Melbourne.

mariani7(Mr Mariani with Mrs Françoise Libotte, Deputy Director of the Alliance Française,
and Mr Sebastien Vallerie, Consular Advisor)

One of the major issues facing the French living abroad is the question of education, so Mr Mariani visited two schools. He started with Caulfield Junior College and its French section and met the association representative of the parent group of the Ecole Francaise de Melbourne.


And then direction to Auburn High School where the students delivered a well researched presentation on BushTucker and Digeridoos, as part of their project on the UNESCO World Heritage.


French officials were also part of his program as he had the chance to share a lunch with His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier, ambassador of France in Australia, Mr Nicolas Croizer, Consul General, and Mrs Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne.


And it wouldn’t be a trip to Melbourne without speaking to the medias, so Mr Mariani was interviewed by both SBS Radio and Le Petit Journal de Melbourne.

Don’t hesitate to click on the links to listen and to read the interviews!