New Zealand Embassy Paris, France
Anzac Day commemorations in France
In metropolitan France, Anzac Day ceremonies are held every year in Le Quesnoy and Longueval on the nearest Sunday to April 25. Ceremonies are also held in New Caledonia in Noumea, Bourail (New Zealand's cemetery of Pacific war dead), and Plaine des Gaiacs. For further information on ceremonies for New Caledonia contact the New Zealand Consulate General in Noumea.
Le Quesnoy: Visitors are welcome to participate in the annual ceremony and are invited to gather at the Place du Général Leclerc where the procession to the New Zealand Memorial departs at 11h00. Wreaths are laid at the New Zealand Memorial, then at the French Memorial in the town centre.
During the WW1 centennial period (2014-2018), there will be an additional ceremony organised by the New Zealand Defence Force at 06h00 at the Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, where a number of New Zealand soldiers from WW1 are buried. The Embassy will also be represented at this this wreath laying ceremony and visitors are welcome to attend too.
To get to Le Quesnoy from Paris: take the autoroute A1 north, following the signs for Valenciennes/Bruxelles. As you approach Valenciennes, take the motorway exit marked "Maubeuge/Le Quesnoy". Follow the signs on the N4 then the D934 to Le Quesnoy. Estimated travelling time from Paris: 2h30. Trains from Paris (Gare du Nord) to Le Quesnoy can be booked in advance at the SNCF (French rail).
Longueval: The Embassy also participates in the annual commemoration at Longueval. The wreath laying ceremony begins at the New Zealand Memorial at 16h00. Visitors are also welcome to attend.
To get to Longueval from Paris: take the autoroute A1 north, following the signs for Valenciennes/Bruxelles. Take exit no. 13.1 to Albert. Go through tolls, take the second exit onto the D938 towards Albert/Bray-sur-Somme/Curlus/Combles. Turn right onto the D197 to Longueval (just before Maricourt).