Protest: Thousands take to the streets demanding a fresh Presidential election
13th November 2018
By Lewis Betsy There are growing public protests over the refusal of Danny Faure to hold a fresh Presidential election.But is he listening?I wish he was. The state of Seychelles needs someone to ... more...
13th November 2018
It all came as a bit of a surprise, she said, but Ketsia Marie has found herself crowned Miss Creole Des Iles Seychelles 2018.The 20-year-old student from Au Cap took the title at the the beauty pagea... more...
Big opportunity for sea viewing: The Calypso glass-bottomed boat with room for 30 passengers
13th November 2018
By John Lablache Seychelles’ tiny capital, Victoria, is sheltered from the Indian Ocean by a string of islands which also constitute the Ste Anne Marine Park, one of the archipelago’s... more...
Decision time for Seychelles: Dr Patrick Herminie
13th November 2018
By Lewis BetsyThe drug problem is Seychelles is becoming critical for the future of all its young people.I have long campaigned for action to stop a drugs culture which is today spiralling out of cont... more...
11th October 2018
The new Miss Regatta is Gabriella Gonthier from Beau Vallon. Gabriella, 20, took the title – and also won best creative wear – at a ceremony at Beau Vallon in which 14 contestants, above, ... more...
Response: Minister Myriam Télémaque and immigration officials at the FPAC hearing
11th October 2018
The sensitive issue of how Seychellois citizenship is granted to foreign nationals came up again at a hearing of the National Assembly.It had earlier prompted the Finance and Public Accounts Committee... more...
11th October 2018
Danny Faure has shown his gratitude to the men and women who represent Seychelles overseas. The President met with the nine ambassadors and one chargé d’affaires, for an hour at State Hou... more...
Welcome: President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka meets Danny Faure at State House
11th October 2018
Photo: Courtesy of Seychelles News AgencyThe special bond between Seychelles and Sri Lanka has been recalled during a visit by President Maithripala Sirisena.Mr Sirisena was on a three-day state visit... more...

With the passing of Robert Frichot, I have lost a good friend and Seychelles has lost a great leader

17th September 2018

Dedication: Robert Frichot left, Gérard Hoareau and Gaby Hoareau
Dedication: Robert Frichot left, Gérard Hoareau and Gaby Hoareau

By Lewis Betsy

Robert Frichot, lawyer, political campaigner and former Seychelles football executive has died in Australia. He was 80.

I want to express my sincere condolences to his family. I have lost a great friend and Seychelles has lost a great leader.

I had known Robert Frichot since 1968 when as a teenager I started playing football for Rangers Football Club in Seychelles. At that time, Robert was one of the best lawyers in the Seychelles and an executive member of the Seychelles Football Association.

Star players: Robert Frichot far right, Philip Fock Heng left with Adrian Fisher with the Seychelles National Team in 1973
Star players: Robert Frichot far right, Philip Fock Heng left with Adrian Fisher with the Seychelles National Team in 1973

We became close when I broke my right leg while playing football for Rangers against Everton.

I can remember it was a cup game and a tall, strong central defender by the nickname of Ti Beau chopped me down. It was one of those things – football is football – but I spent seven weeks in plaster.

During this time Robert would come and visit me at home at Hermitage. Almost every Saturday he would stop by on his way to watch football at Gordon Square and occasionally take me with him to the game. 

Robert was devoted to football and did much good work. He always wanted us to get better. 

He worked closely with the late Philip Fock Heng and Adrian Fisher, who was the national team coach, and Gonzague D’Offay who founded Rovers.

Robert was the president of Rovers Football Club in 1975 when Owen Hoarau was the vice president, Patrick Barallon was the secretary and Paul Chow was the treasurer. 

Gerard Hoarau was coach and I was the captain of the club. At that time Rovers and Rangers dominated football in Seychelles and our standard of football was extremely high. 

In 1978, Robert was arrested and for several months was detained in Rene’s jail with many other Seychellois. On his release he was told to leave Seychelles for his own safety. 

Like many of us forced to start a new life in exile, Robert was outspoken against the government of Seychelles.

He and Gerard Hoarau started the Movement Pour La Resistance and later the Seychellois National Movement (SNM) which was launched in London.

Activists: From left to right: Edmond Camille, Robert Frichot, Gaby Hoareau and Paul Chow at an SNM meeting in London in 1986
Activists: From left to right: Edmond Camille, Robert Frichot, Gaby Hoareau and Paul Chow at an SNM meeting in London in 1986

Alongside, Gerard, Edmond Camille, Gaby Hoareau, and Paul Chow, Robert devoted his time and effort to work tirelessly to return democracy to the Seychelles.

He was a thoughtful man with compassion and a deep understanding of social and political matters. But he was no pushover. 

Following the free elections of 1993, he had a letter published in a journal which said: “There is no doubt that the political climate in Seychelles leaves a lot to be desired; however, it is imperative that democratic reforms are implemented peacefully and constructively.”

He went on: “Those of us who were treated unjustly must learn to forgive even if it is impossible to forget.

“Our people must tread carefully and cooperatively to build a new Seychelles, but we must not be afraid to stand up and say that something is wrong when this is so obviously the case.”

He was a great man. I salute his legacy to create a freer and fairer Seychelles for all.

Robert Frichot
Robert Frichot

Lewis Betsy, Publisher, Seychelles Life
Lewis Betsy, Publisher, Seychelles Life

Latest News

Thousands of protesters demand a fresh Presidential election, so why isn't Danny Faure listening?
13th November 2018
Protest: Thousands take to the streets demanding a fresh Presidential election
By Lewis Betsy There are growing public protests over the refusal of Danny Faure to hold a… more...
Surprise! Ketsia is crowned Miss Creole
13th November 2018
It all came as a bit of a surprise, she said, but Ketsia Marie has found herself crowned Miss Creole… more...
Seeing the wonders of the sea through a glass-bottom boat
13th November 2018
Big opportunity for sea viewing: The Calypso glass-bottomed boat with room for 30 passengers
By John Lablache Seychelles’ tiny capital, Victoria, is sheltered from the Indian Ocean… more...
Drugs, Seychelles... and the people looking the other way as dealers corrupt our young
13th November 2018
Decision time for Seychelles: Dr Patrick Herminie
By Lewis BetsyThe drug problem is Seychelles is becoming critical for the future of all its young… more...
Gabriella is Miss Regatta 2018
11th October 2018
The new Miss Regatta is Gabriella Gonthier from Beau Vallon. Gabriella, 20, took the title –… more...
Citizenship, the President and the National Assembly
11th October 2018
Response: Minister Myriam Télémaque and immigration officials at the FPAC hearing
The sensitive issue of how Seychellois citizenship is granted to foreign nationals came up again… more...
President thanks the envoys who fly the flag for Seychelles
11th October 2018
Danny Faure has shown his gratitude to the men and women who represent Seychelles overseas. The… more...
Cherished, the special bond between Seychelles and Sri Lanka
11th October 2018
Welcome: President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka meets Danny Faure at State House
Photo: Courtesy of Seychelles News AgencyThe special bond between Seychelles and Sri Lanka has been… more...
December's News
News Archive