Sunday, 19 April 2020

Australians in France


The Australian Embassy in France estimates that there are around five and a half thousand Australians living permanently in France. For most of them, the only contact they will have with the Embassy is every few years when they have to turn up to collect a new passport. And like me they might follow the Embassy on Facebook, just in case some important announcement has been made.

The current Ambassador, Brendan Berne, is popular and regularly appears on social media. He's been in post since July 2017 and since the Covid-19 lockdown started has been doing a short video to Australians in France once a week from his living room (admitting to having cut his own hair in one of them). The Embassy has been assisting those Australians who need or wish to get home from France to do so. So far two hundred thousand Australians have made it, via ever dwindling commercial flights.

Australian Embassy in Paris and Eiffel Tower. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The Embassy is located in a modernist building designed by Harry Seidler in the 1970s, on the site of a former railway yard near the Seine in the 15eme arrondissement of Paris. To get there, the easiest way is Metro line 6 to Bir Hakim, then follow the signs to the Eiffel Tower.


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