Ambassador Lecourtier visits Perth [fr]
On the morning Friday 13 February 2015, His Excellency, Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, awarded Mrs Noelene Bloomfield with the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Mrs Noelene Bloomfield was recognised for the academic and research excellence, including her distinguished contribution to French culture and education.
Mrs Noelene Bloomfield had previously been awarded the Knight in the Order of Academic Palms in 2004.
The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognise outstanding contributions to the arts and their propagation throughout the world. Each year, up to 200 recipients are conferred the insignia of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters.
Later that evening the Ambassador conferred the rank of Knight in the Order of National Merit on Mrs Christine Caseris, the President of the West Australian Chapter of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a position she has held since December 2012. Since she arrived in Perth more than25 years ago, Mrs Caseris has worked to develop the bilateral relationship between France and Australia.
Mrs Caseris was recognised for her work to improve the economic relationship between the state of Western Australia and France. Her commitment to promoting French culture in the state through initiatives such as the creation of the ’Baudin Museum Foundation’ and the ’Merci Down Under’ project, which is recognised by both the governments of France and Australia and commemorates the diggers that fought on the Western Front in World War One was also sighted. She was commended for her work on the project in conjunction with the French Embassy to lay the ground for the creation of a French bilingual school in Western Australia.
The National Order of Merit was founded on 3 December 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle. French citizens as well as foreign nationals, men and women, can be received into the Order, for distinguished civil or military achievements.
On Saturday the 14th, His Excellency Ambassador Lecourtier was hosted by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth, Mr. Robert Butler at a reception for the Perth International Arts Festival.