Early in 2021 Frederic Laloux was appointed French Honorary Consul for Brighton and Newhaven. M. Laloux is the most recent incumbent of an official post reaching back to at least 1821. This post is unpaid, apart from expenses. It occasionally carries the title Vice-Consul as the local consuls (there are about 30 across the UK) report to the Consul Général in London.
Brighton as the first Honorary French Consul would have known it in the 1820s. Image (c) Regency Society / Society of Brighton Print Collectors
The Labour Party was in power. The Labour Party was in town. In Brighton, on 3 October 1966. All was not well in the state of Britain. The French newspapers did not hesitate to mention the fact: Prime Minister Harold Wilson was announcing a pay freeze; 750 strikers from car-plants in the Middlands (sic) had marched on Brighton and were shouting, according to Paris-presse, l’Intransigeant newspaper, at members of the cabinet:
“Mrs. Fitzherbert, the Duchess de Noailles, and many other ladies of distinction, were present at the Cricket match, and dined in a marquee pitched on the ground, for that purpose. The Prince’s band of music attended, and played during the whole time the ladies were at dinner. In the evening, Mrs. Fitzherbert, the Duchess, Lady Clermont, and Miss Piggott, walked round the ground, seemingly the better to gratify the spectators with a sight of the French lady. The Duchess de Noailles appears to be 21, or 22 years of age, is very handsome, and her figure and deportment are remarkably interesting.”
Leaving Wembley at 8.15 am for Victoria Station, joining crowds of Woodcrafters there, taking our places in the 10am Woodcrafter’s Special, and we realise we are really on our way to the first International Children’s Camp held in this country.
Walking from Brighton Station to Ovingdean, the procession of boys and girls clad in green jerkins, waving flags and banners attracted a considerable amount of attention from the holiday makers at Brighton. We found the campsite at Beacon Hill a very desirous place.
The Keep archives in Moulescoomb hold many treasures. But perhaps none which reflect violence and political conflict as vividly as The Paris Commune Archive. Caroline Marchant-Wallis, University of Sussex Special Collections Supervisor at The Keep, has written this guide to the history of the Commune and to the collection. Continue reading →
At the beginning of the first week of May 1968, French universities closed their admin. departments. On 3 May, the students made their objections very clear. By the end of the week, 20 000 of them were rioting in central Paris. A few days later, the barricades were up. By the end of the following week, 2 million workers were on strike. France was paralysed and stayed so until the beginning of June. What were Brighton and Hove doing at the time? Continue reading →
Alexander Holroyd, seen here with his suppléante (substitute) Laure Philippon, is the newly elected député who will represent French nationals living in north-west Europe but outside of France. M. Holroyd beat his Socialist rival by a massive 70% to 30%. But he himself has something to say about that. Continue reading →
This is Alexandre Holroyd, potentially the new M.P. (député) who will represent French nationals living in Brighton and Hove – as well as those across a vast swathe of north-west Europe. Continue reading →
Last month (May 2017), this stencilled message (The National Front shall never pass in Brighton) adorned the pavement around the Mercure Hotel on Brighton seafront. The hotel had just been used as the polling station for the French presidential election. Next Sunday (4 June) will see the same hotel used for the parliamentary elections for French nationals in Brighton and Hove.Continue reading →