This event follows a visit to Paris and Cape Town by H.E. Governor Lisa Honan, French Consul Michel Dancoisne-Martineau and other Enterprise St Helena roadshow members in November 2017 to promote St Helena as a tourism destination, after the opening of St Helena Airport. The visit marks three years since the start of the St Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd, which manages the French properties associated with Napoleon. It also coincides with the 203rd anniversary of the Emperor’s arrival on the island, where he was exiled since his defeat in 1815 until his death in 1821.
After the discover of the island, the Ambassador of France and M. Pierre Branda from the Napoleon Foundation climbed the 699 stairs of Jacob’s Ladder in Jamestown. It was followed by a reception at Napoleon’s Longwood House with Governor Lisa Honan.
On 17 October 2018, the anniversary of Napoleon’s arrival in Saint Helena, the Ambassador of France and M. Pierre Branda visited the Tomb Valley, in Longwood, to place flowers on the Emperor’s tomb. Before that, they explored the links between France and Saint Helena with the conservator of the Jamestown Museum, M. Adam Sizeland.
This official visit aims to promote joint French/British tourism and the opportunity of two-centre holidays in South Africa and St Helena, and strengthen the links around historical French/British/St Helenian connections.