Atout France honours Remembrance Day
Atout France hosted an exclusive event at Sydney’s Sofitel Wentworth Hotel last month, welcoming French Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Marc Todeschini to formally launch the Sir John Monash Centre. Currently under construction near VillersBretonneux in France, the centre is set to be a significant tourist drawcard for Australians, promising to “educate a new audience about Australia’s early role in international affairs”. The Sir John Monash Centre is scheduled to be open by Anzac Day in 2018, and will become the central hub of the existing Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front which links First World War sites of significance including museums, battlefields, memorials and cemeteries. Pictured at the event are, from left: Atout France director Australia, Patrick Benhamou; French Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Marc Todeschini; former Australian Defence Minister and director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson; Christophe Lecourtier, French ambassador to Australia; JeanRobert Lopez, Chef de cabinet and Nicolas Croizer, Consul General of France to Australia.