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 25 April. 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.
The next Anzac Day ceremony in Longueval will take place on Saturday 25 April 2015 at 15h00 at Caterpillar Valley cemetery. (Note: this is a change from previous years when the ceremony was held at the New Zealand Memorial on the Sunday closest to Anzac Day). Visitors are welcome to attend and you can signal your intention to participate here. Due to parking restrictions at Caterpillar Valley cemetery, you should park in the Longueval town centre before 14h30 and use the free shuttle buses provided to take you to/from the event site.
Directions: To get to Longueval from Paris: take the autoroute A1 north, following the signs for Valenciennes/Bruxelles. Take exit n°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). With Delville Wood on your right, fork left onto rue du Calvaire (partial dirt road) which leads to the New Zealand Memorial. To get to Caterpillar Valley cemetery, take the D20 (route de Bazentin), 1km west of Longueval on the south side of the road to Contalmaison.
The next Anzac Day ceremonies in Le Quesnoy will take place on Sunday 26 April 2015. You can signal your intention to participate in the ceremonies here.
During the WW1 centennial period (2014-2018), there will be a dawn ceremony commencing at 06h00 organised by the New Zealand Defence Force at the Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, where a number of New Zealand soldiers from the First World War are buried. The Embassy will be represented at this wreath laying ceremony by the New Zealand Ambassador. Visitors are invited to assemble at 05h45.
Visitors are also welcome to gather for the annual ceremony at the Place du Général Leclerc in Le Quesnoy 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.
Directions: 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 through the SNCF (French rail).