Message from the Consul of France
Message of Mr Raymond Quereilhac, newly appointed French Consul in Johannesburg.
Madam, Sir, dear fellow countrymen,
I took office on Tuesday December 10 as new French Consul in Johannesburg as successor of Christian-Michel Robert who has been transferred to a new appointment last September.
This date coincides with the day when the South African Nation pays homage with the whole international community to the memory of Nelson Mandela. On this occurrence many strong memories came back to my mind dating back to the time of my first stay in South Africa as a diplomat at the French Embassy in Pretoria.
I do share today the grief of all our South African friends.
With my wife I am going to rediscover South Africa, a country where our French Community has always had historically its place and plays a dynamic role in many various sectors in particular in the economic and cultural fields. As such, you contribute, dear fellow countrymen to the development of the relations between France and South Africa and of our country’s image.
With all the team of the Consulate in Johannesburg, I will see that each of you receive and benefit from a quality consular service in the light of the important reforms put into place in the field of the administration of the French citizens living abroad over the last three years. All my collaborators to whom I pay tribute for their dedication to public service will assist you in the various sectors of consular affairs: consular protection, registry, social aid, scholarships, but also preparation of the elections due in 2014. We shall of course be listening to you.
I shall strive to meet most of you but also your representatives and the ones in charge of the many associations which are making the living fabric of our community.
Hoping I shall be able to meet you soon, please accept, dear fellow countrymen, the expression of my cordial and devoted feelings.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 to all!