Portrait: Rémi Beghin - new director of the Alliance Française of Maseru [fr]
Tell us about your career?
Trained as an archivist, I arrived in Africa in 2009 to manage the multimedia library of the Alliance Française of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. I spent two years there, where I met many exceptional people. This experience made me want to keep working in the French cultural network abroad.
I spent four years in France as a local civil servant and I arrived in September 2015 at the Alliance Française of Maseru.
What are your main goals for the Alliance Française of Maseru?
The formers Directors of the Alliance Française of Maseru gave a formidable prominence to this association. The building is bigger and has everything that a Director of an Alliance Française can dream of!
I would really like to consolidate the partnerships that we already have and create new ones. I also aim to welcome local and international artists to make relations between France and Lesotho even stronger. Our country has a privileged place within Lesotho’s national history: our compatriots took part in imparting knowledge of French to the people of the ‘Mountain Kingdom’. The Alliance Française will keep on working closely with the Basotho people!
How is the Alliance Française in Lesotho received by locals?
This beautiful Alliance, at the geographic and cultural heart of Maseru, is very popular. Since I arrived, everyone I met has told me how much they love this Alliance Française, and that they have spent happy times there, either sharing a meal at the Ouh La La Café, watching a concert or attending a language lesson.