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    As the aniversary of the "SINKING OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR" in Auckland Harbour has just past, how are the French received on NZ soil these days. :icon_question:

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    Well, as far as immigration goes, French make up an absolutely miniscule amount of immigrants.

    Apart from that, I don't think there is anything French people should be worried about when visiting!
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    A little piece of trivia - the first ever settlers to "British" New Zealand were French.

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    From what I've read/heard, being French in NZ is not a liability lol. I think there are around 4000 ish frenchies in NZ nowadays.

    Hey I'm French (and accesorily American) and making the move in a few days now and I can't wait :icon_wink:

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    Oh, another one ready to make the giant leap. Hope it all goes smoothly for you, Urbanproject and you'll soon settle into your new life. All the very best to you.
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    Thanks for the good wishes Mother Bear ::):

    It's all getting extremely exciting!!!
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    bon chance mon ami'

    sorry about the spelling. I'm sure I will have got it wrong.

    Hope there aren;t too many of you out there..

    :icon_lol: (only kidding!!)

    [quote:1286acffe7]A little piece of trivia - the first ever settlers to "British" New Zealand were French.[/quote:1286acffe7]

    They must have been the ones that learned how to make wine, and then they took the knowledge home with them...
    I always thought it was strange that they did something so well. Now I see it's the Kiwi's that deserve ALL the credit for the standard of French Wine..

    seriously though, hope all goes well for you mate.
    Look forwad to hearing all about it. Good Luck!

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    Good luck from me as well. :039:

    You are doing the right thing. :smiley20:

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    Thanks very much Julian and Natty :icon_biggrin:

    Will keep you posted on how it's going...and for the 3 night stopover in Singapore :icon_wink:

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    [quote:5c022131e7="Julian"]As the aniversary of the "SINKING OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR" in Auckland Harbour has just past, how are the French received on NZ soil these days.[/quote:5c022131e7]

    [b:5c022131e7]France blamed Brit spies for Rainbow Warrior bombing [/b:5c022131e7]
    29.11.05

    The French Government tried to blame the 1985 sinking of the Rainbow Warrior on the British secret service.

    The Times newspaper in London has reported that documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was infuriated by the campaign of "misinformation and smears" suggesting that MI6 bombed the Greenpeace flagship in Auckland and framed French secret agents, or that MI6 knew in advance of the mission.

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind, then a Foreign Office minister, told UK diplomats in Paris to demand an end to media reports, but they continued to appear.

    Sir John Fretwell, the British Ambassador in Paris, wrote of French officials' "desperate attempts to find answers which will somehow satisfy public opinion while keeping the then President, Francois Mitterrand, above the controversy". Sir John privately warned the British Government that President Mitterrand could be forced to resign in a Watergate-style scandal, the Guardian newspaper reported.

    The July 11, 1985, bombing, which killed Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, was carried out by French agents, including Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur, who were arrested in less than a week. But during July, French journalists reported a theory that MI6 had sunk the Rainbow Warrior to discredit France and had then framed its secret agents, the Guardian reported.

    In other versions French media claimed that French secret agents had bought the dinghies used to plant the bombs from people close to MI6 and that MI6 knew of the planned sabotage. By late August the Sunday Times was telling the Foreign Office that "French official sources were briefing freely to 'anyone who would listen' about British involvement".

    The British Government traditionally never comments on anything to do with MI6, but off the record told reporters that the stories were "pure fantasy". Whitehall suspected the "mischievous" French Embassy in London was spreading the stories, though the French denied everything.

    On September 4 a Foreign Office official wrote: "Despite all these protestations of innocence, the cumulative evidence ... of French official briefing now seems irrefutable".

    President Mitterrand clung on and it only emerged this year that he had authorised the bombing. Mafart and Prieur pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November 1985 and were sentenced to 10 years' jail.
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