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Consul GeneralM. Eric BERTI
AddressLevel 26
St-Martins Tower
31 Market street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phonelocal: (02) 9268.2400
international: +61.2.9268.2400
Faxlocal: (02) 9268.2431
international: +61.2.9268.2431
Web sitehttp://www.ambafrance-au.org

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Peter Dunne
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 03:32 EST
Arrogant Consulate staff! Don't waste your time and money on anything French
My wife (Indonesian passport) was invited to visit France with her French citizen friend and stay with her friend's parents. The staff at the visa section of the French consulate in Sydney fit the "arrogant French" stereotype to a T. A lady there (and I use the term "lady" very loosely) dismissed me like a naughty child when I accompanied my wife to the desk – seems there was a hidden sign that said only applicants were permitted – cant understand why. I wasn't even allowed to wait in the reception area she said. Then she proceeded to treat my wife (English was the second language of both in the conversation) like an idiot because everything wasn't in order although we had done our best to follow the vague instructions on the website. When she returned at a later time with her French friend to try and ensure correct communication, her friend found the visa staff equally arrogant and rude. It seems that helpfulness is not part of their job description. Even if they were unable to approve the application, they could, at least, explain what was wrong or how to rectify problems. When I wrote to them seeking some clarification, they just said follow the instructions on the website (the very instructions I couldn't understand).

In the end she has had to give up on her dream to visit France and it will cost us the penalty of having to cancel her ticket as well as the expense of travel insurance and other costs we have incurred (The website clearly says that travel must be paid for before applying for a visa). Her friend is sad and embarrassed that my wife was treated so badly, so much so she doesn't want to travel there herself. I will NEVER go to France (I have been years ago, but never again), and I will seek every opportunity to dissuade people from going there or doing anything that will benefit France (even buying French wine). It may be a small protest that doesn't impact on France very much, but at least I will know that I haven't wasted my money on them.

Who needs the French anyway? If the rest of the country is like the arrogant people at the consulate, you would be better off spending your money travelling to a place all are welcomed.
Ziqiang He
Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:49 EST
visa to New Calidonia
I have Chinese passport with Australian permanent resident visa, I want to catch the cruise to visit New Caledonia and Vanuatu next month from 18th-28th December 2014, Do I need apply entry visa for these two countries?
Huong Le
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:46 EDT
Poor experience
French system is hyper-conservative. I am international student from Vietnam, studying in Brisbane and I would go on exchange to France, I do not really know law or requirements for French visa here. I got acceptance letter from French university quite late and there are NO appointment left, even there are 2 more months to go.
I already planed everything, even received the scholarship from school. Now I have to cancel all just for a stupid flight to Sydney and lodge stupid complex visa requirements? If the French do not improve, they must be out-of-date.
sylvie laboudigue
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:07 EDT
demande pour un nouveau passeport biometric
pouvez vous me dire si un certificate de naissance pour mon passeport datant de mars 2014 envoye par letter par la mairie de bordeaux est valide pour le nouveau passeport? merci pour la reponse.
Jean-Pierre Parisot
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:38 EDT
Missing Parcel Containing War medals and my father's last will
What happens to missing parcels received by the consulate.
After many years I am still waiting.
A phone call would be appreciated.
Georges Garcey
Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:21 EDT
Renouvellement de passeport
J'ai fait une demande de renouvellement de passeport l 28 avril a Sydney depuis je n'ai pas eu de nouvelles et je dois voyager sur l'europe en aout.
Le consulat m'a donne 4 semaines de delais de fabrication de document,qui devrait etre releve a Melbourne.J'aimerais savoir si mon passeport s;est egare ou toujour en chemin.
Georges garcey -Geelong
Serge Peeters
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:04 EDT
Renouvellement de pasport
Impossible de vous joindre!!!!!Quoi faire????
patrice lucas
Tue, 6 May 2014 18:59 EDT
application pour un passeport biometric
bonjour j'ai remplis la demande et payer la franchise pour obtenir le passeport biometric l'annee derniere
mais habitant a Melbourne,je n'ai pas pu aller a Sydney pour empreinte digitale
hier j'ai fait la demande d'un nouveau passeport ici a Wellington(Nouvelle Zellande)
Ma question est:
Peut on se faire rembourser les 89 euros pour un passeport qui n'a pa ete produit, je souhaiterais recuperer mon argent
Slobodanka Krajisnik
Sat, 26 Apr 2014 04:05 EDT
I wana move from Australija in Frence
I livi in Australija and I wanna move from here and bay house in France.I wana move from here and I have 800000 australija dolars .
Ben Taouss
Wed, 9 Apr 2014 03:55 EDT
French living in Australia
How do I renew my french passport whilst living in Australia ?
I need to returned to me within 3 weeks.
can this be done ?

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