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French Consulate General


French Consulate General Overview

Ranked 128 of 169 sightseeing in Pondicherry

The present building, situated on Marine Street, was allocated to the French Consulate Général in 1956. The history of this plot of land is not recent.

For a time, it was used as an extension of an old cemetery (cimetière des Français), as shown in the 1748 plan of Pondicherry. In 1751, it was the property of a certain Pierre Adrien Cognet; then, it was purchased by the Fulgence de Bury family, who, in 1777, owned a house with garden and outbuildings, as mentioned in the Papier Terrier de la ville blanche de Pondichéry. In 1840, the French government bought the house and, in 1843, constructed a first floor.

For a long time, Bury’s house was known as Hôtel de l’Ordonnateur, and then, according to administrative modifications, as Hôtel du Chef de Service Administratif (1840-43), Hôtel de l’Ordonnateur (middle 19th c.-1879), Hôtel du Directeur de l’Intérieur (1879-1898); finally, after an normalization of the various services, as Secrétariats Généraux (1898-1954). This function lasted longer. According to the Pondicherry plan of 1945-1954), the Secrétariat was still there just before Merger, though according to certain sources, it was called Hôtel particulier du Procureur général. Inside the building there were the Bureaux des Finances et du Secrétariat as well as the residences of their directors.

French Consulate General is the only diplomatic mission in town. This colonial building has changed over the years, and yet managed to retain some of its original 18th century charm. The consulate is open to French citizens.

VFS GLOBAL is an outsource partner of the Consulate General of France in Pondicherry. In this capacity VFS GLOBAL is responsible for scheduling of appointments for submitting visa applications at the Consulate General, collecting the processed passports from the Consulate General of France in Pondicherry and returning the passport back to the applicant. 

Note: There are circumstances where in, the Consulate General of France in Pondicherry will hand over the passport to the Applicants directly.

The current Consul General of France to Pondicherry and Chennai is Mr. Phillipe JANVIER-KAMIYAMA and he succeeds Mr. Pierre FOURNIER. His long and illustrious career in the French Ministry of External Affairs begun in 1978, and his various postings have included Russia, Turkey, Finland, Senegal and Japan.

He has been awarded with several recognitions such as the “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur”, “Chevalierde l’Ordre national du Mérite”, the “Médaille d’honneur des Affaires étrangères (argent)” and he has also been awarded with the “Chevalier de la Rose Blanche de Finlande”.

Office hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Passport collection: Mon – Fri: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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