Toulon, France

Toulon, France became a Norfolk Sister City in 1989. A naval port and home of the French Naval Fleet, Toulon is situated on the Mediterranean Sea at the western edge of the French Riviera. The city of approximately 185,000 is well known by U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet personnel as a favorite port-of-call. Toulon boasts a variety of scenic and cultural riches as well as a mild, sunny climate that attracts tourists year-round. The dynamic economy promotes high technology as well as the more traditional crafts and industries.

Norfolk Sister City Association oversees multiple programs with counterparts in Toulon, including:

  • Adult delegation trips
  • Hosting of French naval personnel during Norfolk port calls
  • July 2015 Toulon exchange – five inbound and four returned outbound
  • August 13, 2015 Soiree en Blanc held on the grounds of the Virginia Arts Festival courtyard
  • September 2015 outbound delegation of twenty-two adults to Toulon
  • August 2016 Soiree en Blanc held on the grounds of the Fred Heutte Center
  • September 2016 hosted Anita Millot, President, France Etats-Unis
  • July 2017 hosted three inbound high school students for two weeks

Website for Association  FRANCE ETATS-UNIS, Toulon Var-Ouest

Toulon in the News
French teens get taste of Bastille Day at the Beach. – (July 2013)
Previous Board Member Linda Lilly honored by NATO-ACT for commitment  to Toulon-Norfolk relations (January 2012)

Student Reports from 2017 Exchange

Rapport Antoine Boutang


Rapport Léonie Viry

Upcoming Events

  • August 9, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the Sixth Annual Soiree en Blanc Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (rain or shine)  At a secret (and breathtaking) outdoor location in Norfolk We will reveal the location by email 24 hours prior to the event. We strongly encourage our guests to carpool.  In addition to musical entertainment provided (more…)