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Michel celebrates 25 years as French Consul

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From St Helena Government press office (14 November 2012):

Michel Dancoisne-Martineau

On Saturday 10 November, at a garden party hosted by French Consul M. Michel Dancoisne-Martineau at the Briars Pavilion on St Helena, one hundred invited guests gathered to celebrate his 25 years as guardian of the Napoleonic heritage on St Helena.

He generously twinned his reception to also honour Mike Dean, our departing Tourism Development Executive. In saying “goodbye” to Mike, Michel commented that they had worked in “perfect harmony”.

Michel and Mike cut themed cakes

At the gathering, both were presented with commemorative cakes.

Speaking at the joint celebration, Michel said: “Together, we have established visitors’ plans properly adapted to the unique Napoleonic character and importance of these sites, maintaining them with dignity.

“The tourism office here has worked in partnership with me, and with bodies such as the Napoleon Foundation and the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in a spirit which exemplifies our shared Napoleonic historical inheritance.”

Soon it will be 200 years since Napoleon arrived on St Helena (Oct 2015).

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