Fred Khumalo Columnist

Wherever they go in the world, French people take a piece of their culture with them – to share with whoever they encounter. You see this in Quebec, Canada, where, surrounded by a sea of other cultures, not only do people speak French, they carry on as if they are in France. This near-obsession with everything French is also in evidence in the Seychelles, which still behaves as if it is an extension of the "mother country". Curiously, though, Afrikaners of French Huguenot descent do not seem that keen on their French heritage. Not for them the zeal for French literature or cuisine. They might still proudly bear the surnames like De Klerk, Le Roux or Malan, but in my experience, they do not seem interested in their Francophone past. In fact, when I worked at Rapport newspaper alongside colleagues with French Huguenot blood, whenever I expressed an interest in that aspect of their lives, they would subtly change the subject. Which made me wonder why. I was reminded of this at the Fran...

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