The nine branches of the Royal British Legion in France, have several different locations in their area to pick up a poppy. They cover Paris, Bordeaux and the south-west, Somme, Lyon, Nice-Monaco, Nord/Pas-de-Calais, Cannes-Provence, Linazay-Poitou-Charentes and Central Brittany.
Most have websites accessed via rblfrance.org which either lists the locations or gives contact details for information.
Two of the Poppy Appeal coordinators, Brenda Vockings and Commander Michael Healy, will organise to post poppies anywhere in France.
Mrs Vockings is Bordeaux appeal organiser and said that in addition to posting paper poppies she could also supply anniversary poppy pins, car poppies and poppy bracelets. Donations can also be made online to the branch Justgiving crowdfunding site, found via the RBL France site.
Cdr Healy, chairman of Nice-Monaco branch, said poppies could be bought for personal use or several could be ordered to sell on. He added that nearly a 100 years on from the Royal British Legion’s creation the appeal was still vital to support personnel who had preserved peace in the 21st century.
The Paris Branch was the first RBL branch and was founded a day before the Legion itself, founded on May 15, 1921.