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French Presence in KZN: La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon, bids au revoir to Atina Tivcheva

Sad au revoir to Atina Tivcheva, friend and colleague over 23 years, at OR Tambo, Johannesburg, before she flies off to Bulgaria with George and Tommy for a new life with her family. Tommy, the Bulgarian! Last nights in Africa with the French Presence in KZN: La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon.
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French Week, Fort Ameil, Newcastle, June 2012

French documentary film crew here to shoot for an eventual documentary on the Prince Imperial. L to R: Julien Tomasi (Paris), Louis Eksteen (Director of the Fort Ameil museum), Candide Loiseleur (Paris), Laurent Cazot (Paris), Stéphane Dalmat (Paris) and Eric Boswell (Dundee).
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16th annual commemorative ceremony for the 133rd anniversary of the death of the Prince Impérial

His Excellency the Ambassador of France to South Africa, M. Jacques Lapouge at the Prince Impérial monument. Entente cordiale! The French Ambassador carrying the wreath for the Prince Impérial monument.
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The French Ambassador laying the wreath for the Prince Impérial's monument. A moment of reflection. L to R: The Speaker of the Abaqulusi Municpality, Mr PMM Mtshali laying a wreath on the tomb of Trooper Rogers. Inkosi Sakhile Mdlalose of the Hhlalindela Tribal area waits to lay his wreath on the tomb of Trooper Abel.
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Décor impérial. Ententente cordiale! Some local visitors!
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Noyi Bazi Clinic, Pomeroy

The Pomeroy Augustinian community with the film crew from Paris, Heather Peel and Ima Montaner-Gillot from Hilton College.   Sr Dolores, Patrick Parrot, Sr Michael and Ima Montaner-Gillot.
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12th annual requiem mass for the Prince Impérial in liaison with the mass said in the Imperial Chapel in Biarritz, France

Two dimensional head of the Prince Impérial, inspired by the portrait of Jules Lefèvre on the cover of Jean-Claud Lachnitt's book, Le Prince Impérial "Napoléon IV". Father Paul de Kock OMI officiating at the requiem mass for the Prince. Father Paul de Kock and His Excellency, the Ambassador of France in South Africa, Monsieur Jacques Lapouge.
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The UKZN Madrigal Singers and their leader, Michael Lambert with Father De Kock and the Ambassador.   The Madrigal Singers.
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Tatham Art Gallery Liaisons Intimes - French Connections June 2012

Not only did the Tatham Art Gallery honour the recipient of the signature of the Légion d'honneur with a function, but the Gallery opened its exceptional French exhibition on the same day in honour of the occasion.
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Launch of the Wine, Umhlanga May 2012

Launch of the Série Impériale: Empress Eugénie(Sauvignon Blanc), The Prince Impérial (Syrah/Mourvédre): Thursday 31 May 2012, Oyster Box, Umhlanga.
Patrick Parrot, attaché for the Promotion of the Teaching of French in Southern Africa with Priscille de Charmoy. Abie Wentzel, Manager Tourism Development, TKZN, John Seccomb, Winemaker, Domaine des Dieux, Stéphane Dalmat & Candide Loiseleur , Audio-Visuel/Multimédia, Paris, France. Professor George Tivchev and Mme Atina Tivcheva, Mme Neli Tzvetkova and Monsieur Miro Tzvetkov, Mme Priscille de Charmoy.
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Mlle Jenette Reitsma, Mme Priscille de Charmoy, Monsieur Kefu Manqele and Monsieur Laurent Cazot, Paris.   Glenn Flanagan, Mme Micheline Bates, Mme Anne Mullins, Monsieur Allan Mullins and Mme Thérèse Mullins.
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Celebrating Partnership

Celebrating partnership in cultural tourism at The Old Prison: representatives of (from left to right)The Francophone Refugees: Dominique Nsengiyumva, Jabu Mnculwane: Director of The Old Prison, Glenn Flanagan: French Presence in KZN, and Loretta and Glenn Van Dem Broeck, PMB SAINTS of the KZN Friends of St Helena Society. May 2012
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French-style Wine Tasting at Fordoun: May 2012

The Prince Impérial (Syrah/Mouvèdre) and The Empress Eugénie (Sauvignon Blanc) from Domaine des Dieux, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus, grace copies of Fleur Webb's translation of Paul Deléage's, "Trois Mois chez Les Zoulous - Les Derniers Jours du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon" at Fordoun on Tuesday 29 May 2012. Prince Imperial wine
The happy group of PMB and Midlands Francophiles gathered for the special luncheon. Click for a larger image
Jon Bates, patron of Fordoun and inspiration behind the present series of the IMPERIAL wines, on the commemorative bench for the Prince Impérial Click for a larger image

French Week 2012 Launch

Dumisani Mhlongo, Director of Msunduzi/PMB Tourism, launches FRENCH WEEK 2012 with the Zamimpilo Creche community - a community outreach project in France, Pietermaritzburg
Community outreach project

Honour for City Woman

City woman Glenn Flanagan was bestowed a rare honour in acknowledgement of her contribution to the French language and culture in South Africa. Flanagan received the signet of the Knight of the French National Order of Legion d’honneur by the French ambassador to South Africa, Jacques Lapouge, at the Tatham Art Gallery last week. The award specifically recognises Flanagan’s endeavours over the past 19 years to celebrate the French presence in KwaZulu-Natal, and the establishment of the "La Route du Prince Imperial, Louis Napolean" that marks its 16th anniversary this year. In a further recognition of her contribution, Flanagan’s award coincided with the opening of an unprecedented exhibition of French paintings at the Tatham, in conjunction with the Durban Art Gallery.
Glenn's Award
French ambassador to South Africa Jacques Lapouge, KZN MEC for Finance Ina Cronje, her husband Pierre Cronje, Glen Flanagan and Raymond Easthorpe.