Franco-Seychellois

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Franco-Seychellois are people of French origin living in the Seychelles. They form the country's second-largest ethnic group[citation needed].

Origins[edit]

Many Franco-Seychellois settled on the islands during the period of French rule over the archipelago. During this time, African and Malagasy slaves were also brought to the Seychelles. Franco-Seychellois were allowed to retain their culture after the British took control of the Seychelles.

Economic role[edit]

Franco-Seychellois play an important role in the country's economy. They are employed in all sectors, including government, business and education.

Language and religion[edit]

The majority of Franco-Seychellois speak Seychellois Creole, the country's most widely-spoken language. They also often speak French and English. Of the religiously affiliated, the large majority are Roman Catholic, with a minority belonging to other Christian denominations.

Notable People[edit]

  • France-Albert René - long-time socialist President of Seychelles from 1977 to 2004
  • James Alix Michel - President of Seychelles
  • Gérard Hoarau - opposition leader in the Seychelles as head of the Seychelles National Movement, assassinated in 1985 in London.
  • James Mancham - the first President of Seychelles from 1976 to 1977.
  • Jean-Paul Adam - Politician, Foreign Minister of Seychelles