Atout France hon­ours Re­mem­brance Day

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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.

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