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Le Courrier Australien launches annual readers' award to recognise French people in Australia

The readers' prize will reward French men and women in Australia who have distinguished themselves. 

The “French Peoples’ Prizeorganised by Le Courrier Australien aims to honour French citizens (whether recently arrived in Australia or have been living here for a long time) whose commitments and talents contribute to French influence throughout Australia.

“The creation of this competition is based on our observation that the French community in Australia is full of exceptional talent, but that too often, its members remain anonymous. Through this competition, we want to give visibility to these people and make them known to the general public in Australia, as well as in France, where we also have many readers,” explains François Vantomme, Director of Le Courrier Australien.

The readers’ choice award will be comprised of five main nomination categories: 


  • The first category, "Solidarity" aims to reward French people who have contributed to mutual aid and support activities;
  • The prize for "Entrepreneurship" is intended to honour  promising craftsmen, creators, or business leaders;
  • The "Research and Innovation" category seeks to bring about more public awareness of French researchers working in Australia, as well as entrepreneurs, who have developed innovative solutions in their field;
  • The "Sport and Culture" price will honour artists and athletes of all kinds for their achievements;
  • And finally, the last category for "Youth", aims to honour young people under 18 years old, for whom the value of their contributions does not depend on a specific age.


Le Courrier Australien's readers can nominate their candidates until Sunday 2 May.

The competition is organised under the patronage of the French Embassy in Canberra as well as the French Consulate General in Sydney.

Anne Boillon, the Consulate General of France in Sydney, has expressed strong support for this competition without hesitation.

This competition is an excellent initiative. I meet lots of French people whose journey in Australia is worthy of admiration. It takes many qualities to succeed abroad, where you don’t necessarily have established support and social networks. This is particularly true in Australia! So, it’s a very good thing that these people are being honoured.

Le Courrier Australien and the organising committee* wanted readers to be fully involved in the selection process.

The prizes will be awarded during the ceremonies on 14 July. 


*Composition of the Organising Committee:

Mrs Anne Boillon, Consul General of France in Sydney (Sydney) - Mrs Myriam Boisbouvier - Wylie, President of the Bastille Day festival, Melbourne - Mrs Christine Cazeris, President UFE (Western Australia) - Alain Etchegaray, President UFE (Queensland) - Jérôme Fournand, General Manager of the FACCI - Mrs Betty Moinet, General Manager of "Le Festival Brisbane" - François Vantomme, Director of Le Courrier Australien.


To learn more about the competition, please read the full article here.


Source: Le Courrier Australien

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