New French Defence Attachés at the helm

Article by PO Nkululeko Zulu.
Photos by LS Tembalihle Zekevu

9 August 2017

After serving three years as the France’s Defence Attaché in South Africa Colonel Jean-Marie Monot handed over to Colonel Ducret and the two French DAs paid a courtesy call to Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane on 9 August 2017 at the SA Navy Headquarters. Colonel Jean-Marie Monot described his tenure as an honour and privilege, “I thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of this magnificent country” he said. His most memorable moments include his various interactions with a host of dignitaries from the country and abroad. He mostly stayed in the country with his wife and was occasional visited by his two daughters. Colonel Jean-Marie Monot’s new post is at the Airforce Academy.

Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Hlongwane welcomes outgoing French Defence Attaché Colonel Jean-Marie Monot during the courtesy visit

France and South Africa share the same security concerns on the continent and have common objectives on the Southern area of the Indian Ocean. French and South African Maritime Forces have joint maritime exercises that enhances cooperation and operational interoperability between the two forces who maintain a maritime presence in this region.

Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Hlongwane welcomes the incoming French Defence Attaché Colonel Ducret

Chief Navy and the new Defence Attaché discussing the different aspects of South African culture that he needs to be aware


The South Africa delegates and French counterparts deliberate the duties of a Defence Attaché.

Career: Colonel Jean-Marie MONOT

Biograph: Colonel Ducret