The French Ambassador to Kenya can speak Kiswahili better than many Kenyans.
Ambassador Rémi Maréchaux showed his language skills when he faultlessly switched from Kiswahili, English and French as he addressed Mombasa residents.
“Nitasema kwa Kiingereza na siyo kwa Kizungu kama Wakenya wengi wanavyopenda kusema,” said the ambassador in impeccable Kiswahili, much to the delight of invited guests who included Taita Taveta County Governor, Engineer John Mruttu.
Speaking to The Nairobian on the sidelines of the party, the French ambassador disclosed his love for Kiswahili: “I studied Kiswahili in Paris as I looked forward to working in East Africa,” said the ambassador who has worked in Dar-es-Salaam before coming to the country two years ago.
He said he has found Kenyans casual in the manner they employ the language spoken by over 100 million people.
Maréchaux was speaking during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of The Alliance Française in Mombasa.