After being postponed a few times, the Melbourne Salon was finally able to host its event on “The joys and tribulations of an honorary consul” on 8 December at the Honorary Consulate of France in Melbourne.
Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne, answered a plethora questions posed by Kerry Mullan, the Convenor of the Melbourne Salon, and by the audience.
The discussion started with technical questions relative to the main functions of an Honorary Consul and the differences between a Consulate and Embassy, before moving to more personal questions on the aspects of the role that was most enjoyed. A sustained conversation on French Australian relations and geo political issues was also interesting for the audience, as well as on the less well known pastoral care side of the role.
Overall, a very enjoyable evening that finished with some good wines and cheeses 😉 !
The Melbourne Salon is organized by ISFAR (French-Australian Relations Research Institute), RMIT University and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.