Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason (in purple, front row) with Senator Helene Conway-Mouret (on her left) and guest of honour Marie-Christine Saragosse (to her right). Photograph: Lara Marlowe

When Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason arrived in Paris last year, she and her Swedish counterpart started an informal network of nearly 20 women ambas(...)

French junior minister in charge of French nationals abroad Helene Conway-Mouret. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

France has always been a country of immigration, but now increasing numbers of young people, usually from the upper middle classes, are going abroad. (...)