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French influence in Brazzaville

French influenceWhen European powers sat down to divide Central Africa amongst themselves in the nineteenth century, today’s Republic of Congo became a colony of France.  Although Congo gained independence in 1960 and you might not be able to tell at first glance, ties between the two countries are still strong.  For better or worse, France has left an indelible impression on Congo’s culture, government, and economy.  The official language of business and academia is French (the Congolese are way ahead of Americans with fluency in multiple languages), and many Western expats and major business owners are French.  One of the happier results: you don’t have to look too far to get a good croissant, or as I was happy to find, a mil feuille (I’ve also heard it called a napoleon).

Becky Svendsen


Becky serves HOPE as the communications team manager. One of her greatest joys has been getting out from behind her computer to interact with HOPE’s clients and field staff to see the impact of HOPE's work firsthand.

One response to French influence in Brazzaville

  1. Julie Townsend Jun 7 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Becky.
    Talked to your Mom today and she told me how I could find you on the blog. I had to ask George to help me find you. Wow, how fun to see you and your beautiful smile, you truly shine for Jesus. It’s such a joy to see how you are serving the Lord, I know He is using you in a mighty way. Hope to hear more about your mission trip when you come home. Love & God bless! Julie ( Php 1:3 )

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