Consular network – Speech by Jean-Marc Ayrault at consular meetings (June 21, 2016)


On June 21, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will address the consuls and consular staff gathered for the second edition of the meetings known as the “Journées du réseau consulaire.”

The minister will review the status of projects aimed at providing better support for French citizens who travel or move abroad, and at streamlining consular services.

His speech will be open to the press.

Simplification, digitization, and better communication with the public are central to the reforms of the consular administration and its relationship with our compatriots. They have been implemented in 217 consular offices, consulates and consulates-general in more than 160 countries. These reforms include the online registration of French nationals living outside France, launched on June 15, and projects such as the secure delivery of passports, the digitization of civil registration procedures, and improved information for visa applicants (France Visas).

On June 20, a round table discussion at the Quai d’Orsay, in partnership with TV5Monde, will give the public an opportunity to meet three of our consuls and gain a better understanding of how French consulates operate: