On 24 April, 2024, Mr Pierre-André Imbert, the Ambassador of France to Australia, announced the opening of a Consulate General of France in Melbourne.This major event illustrates France’s commitment to strengthening its global presence and contributes to the reinforcement of its diplomatic network worldwide.

Myriam Boisbouvier Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne and Pierre-Andre Imbert, Ambassador of France to Australia

2024 is a symbolic year for French-Australian relations as it marks the 170th anniversary of the initial opening of a French consular agency in Melbourne back in 1854. Since 2000, France has been represented in Melbourne by an Honorary Consul, Ms Patricia Polites till 2010, and Ms Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie from 2011.

On the occasion of this announcement, the Ambassador paid homage to Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, who “played a pivotal role in advancing the interests of the French Republic, in promoting French language education, and in representing and connecting the French community in Victoria. She has represented our country tirelessly, effectively, and with great leadership and distinction, in recognition of which she was appointed Officier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2022.”

Myriam expressed her  gratitude for the opportunity to serve as Honorary Consul-General, as she felt it was an immense privilege to contribute to the strong bonds between France and Victoria since her appointment in December 2010.  Moving forward, Myriam will remain involved in various projects in Melbourne, including chairing the French-Australian Cultural Exchange Foundation (FACEF).

The opening of the Consulate General in Melbourne is scheduled to take place in September, 2024. More to follow on this topic!

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