Marie-Hélène Poudevigne named Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite
On September 20, 2019, Marie-Hélène Poudevigne, conseillère consulaire, was named Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by French Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat during a ceremony at the Residence of France in Dublin.
- From left to right: Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat, Marie-Hélène Poudevigne, Roger Biondi and Senator Evelyne Renaud-Garabedian
Born in Clermont-Ferrand, Mme Poudevigne first studied foreign languages at the Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand. She then graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d’Interprètes et de Traducteurs de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III with a Master in Translation Studies. During her studies, she also worked for the European Parliament and for the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Marie-Hélène Poudevigne arrived in Ireland with her family in 1994 and was named Honorary Consul 8 years later in 2002, a position she held for 10 years. She founded in 2002 the Irish branch of the Union des Français de l’Etranger (UFE) to represent the interests of French citizens in Ireland. She is now the Honorary President of this organization. She also developed the FLAM (Français Langue Maternelle) program in Ireland in order to help Irish students to learn French.
Marie-Hélène Poudevigne was elected conseillère consulaire in 2014. She is now an elected representative of French citizens living in Ireland and votes in elections for the French Senate. The conseillers consulaires also give advice and recommendations to French authorities on many important topics such as economy, culture, security or education.
This bestowal is the recognition of the dedication of Marie-Hélène Poudevigne to the Franco-Irish relationship and the gratitude of France for her commitment to protect the interests of French citizens in Ireland.