Sophie Grizzle Roumel has been installed as the French government’s representative in Negril, Jamaica, second only to Ambassador Olivier Guyonvarch.
With her deep ties to the area stemming from childhood, Roumel, along with her father Daniel Grizzle, is better known as a co-owner of the award-winning Charela Inn Hotel. She is also recognised as a keen environmental champion for the area. Gleaner Lifestyle sat down with Roumel for a quick chat to get the details on her new appointment and all things France.
Gleaner Lifestyle (GL) : What does the title of Honorary French Consul in Negril really mean? Sophie Roumel (SR) : The appointment of honorary French consul to Negril comes after many years of assisting the embassy in Kingston as a chef d’ilot for various parishes. I assist French citizens and visitors with information and advice from natural disasters to lost passports. I work closely with our ambassador in Kingston and my superior ,the consul of France in Panama.
The French people have a great love for Jamaica, its music, and culture, so we welcome many visitors and the Negril area has quite a few French residents who fell in love with Negril from as early as the ‘70s and ‘80s, including my mother and we now have third-generation young ones.
GL: What is your relationship with France? SR: My mother, the late Sylvie Grizzle, was French and I have a large family in France whom I am very close with. While growing up, my mother made sure I spent quality time with them, and my grandmother lived in Paris and exposed me to the arts, language, fine cuisine, French culture, and a love for nature. I have family stretching from Toulouse to Dax in the south, through Bordeaux up to Paris.
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