Welcome back again!
More than one week since my previous article. I was getting worried! Fortunately, I got something new on the blog for you! While reading l’express yesterday, I was stunned by what the General Manager of the Beach Authority, S.Seerutun said regarding a complaint made by two french tourists: A “loueur de transat” (beach chairs) prevented them from staying on the part of the Pereybere public beach where he operates. I quote (in creole) :
“Sa bane fransais la bane sovaz sa, pas pense zot trop bon dimoune! Zot inn bisin ale agass boug la, mo comprend li moi. Li bisin travay pou gayn so lavie“.
Traduction française :
Ces français sont des sauvages, il ne faut pas penser qu’ils sont des gens bien. Il faut me croire, ils ont dû importuner la personne en question. Cette personne doit travailler pour gagner sa vie.
These french people are rude/boor, you should not believe that they are good people. You should believe me, they have surely annoyed the person. He has to work to earn his living.
Since, I can’t find the article on l’express web site, here’s a preview of the original article:
Luckily, I did not blog on this declaration immediately. Why? In today’s edition of the same newspaper, he confessed that his phone declaration was “just slip of mouth“. An extract of the press article:
Propriétaires vine locataires…
That’s another unfortunate incident which won’t have any follow up or action on behalf of the authorities.
How can a General Manager of such a governmental instance make such declarations? By insulting the french tourists, he clearly does not deserve his seat in that management.
It is to be noted that this incident is not a first of this kind. Even Mauritians have been denied to stay near some regions of public beaches occupied by these beach chairs. According to current regulations, only 15% of the length of a public beach can be allocated to the business of these beach chairs. On top of that, We, Mauritians are slowly being deprived of our own beaches for the sake of the tourism industry. Few weeks ago, part of the Mont Choisy road was closed to public, including part of the beach. while the authorities announced that the ban of vehicles will decrease erosion.
Where are the authorities heading us to? Mauritius: C’est un plaisir!