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EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 01 Jul 2013
KARINE LEMAIRE

HELLO AND THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TODAY - WHO IS KARINE LEMAIRE?

I am 40 years old. I am French. I lived most of my life in Nice (France) with my parents and my sister. My mum was a stewardess. So we got the
chance to travel a lot. This was a great chance and definitely had an impact
on how I am now. I discovered how big our world is, how different the people
all around the world are, that there are different cultures, ways of life,
ways of thinking etc… and that gave me as well a sense of freedom. I used
that a lot when I was a child to try to avoid to do things I didn’t want to do.
For instance, I used to say to my parents, my teacher etc.. : why should I
eat with a fork ? wear shoes ? sleep alone in my bed ? write that way ?

Some people in the world don’t do that and it is OK. So why should I ?
I studied Business Management at the University of Nice and then I did a
five year diploma in Political sciences.

IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT HAS BEEN A REAL MILESTONE?

I was already 36 when I had my child: a little girl named Louise. She is now
4 and she is my princess, my star, my love, my darling. After her birth, I real-ized I couldn’t handle my time-de-manding job and my family life at the
same time. The choice had been easy. I decided to quit my work to have time

for myself, my daughter and the man who became my husband, a few years
later. I met my husband in France but he is Mauritian. So we decided to
move to Mauritius for good and start a new life there, where life is
smoother than in Europe. We moved to Mauritius 2 years ago and we got
married last year.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A LIFE CHANGING EVENT WITH OUR READERS?

When I was around 10, my dad got sick because of tobacco. He used to
be a heavy smoker. He had 3 cancers, one after another, from which he recovered and suffered as well from a
heavy shortness of breath. He had to stop working and spent nearly 25
years of his life, either in hospital or lying in bed with an oxygen mask. This
had had a major impact on my life as we (my mum, my sister and I) had to
look after my dad for 25 years, as he hardly could do anything by himself. I
really saw, on a daily basis, how tobacco could destroy someone’s life.
My dad died 2 years ago.

I began to wonder how someone clever, well-educated, madly in love with his family become unable to take care of himself to that point?

This lesson led me to help people who want to quit tobacco in my own way.

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When I used to visit my dad at the hospital, I saw many people who smoked in the garden of the hospital

despite their sickness!! Why was it so difficult for some people to stop
smoking ? So I started becoming interested in that field. After much re-search, I decided to be trained in
hypnosis and acupuncture to help people stop their craving for smoking.
Acupuncture helps to fight against physical dependency and hypnosis
avoids psychological and behavior dependency. So by using both methods,
we can treat all dependencies for tobacco. If someone is interested in
stopping smoking with that method (it is within one session only), he can
contact me at St Patrick's Clinic in Flic en Flac.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING HERE?

What I love most about Mauritius is the Mauritians! Mauritians are always ready to help you, give you a hand.
They really have the sense of solidarity. Since I am here, I have received so much. It could be from a stranger who
helps me to find my way, my neighbour who is always willing to teach me how to cook Mauritian food, dif-ferent people who helped me to start
my business, young lads who gave me a hand to carry heavy bags etc… I
have received more in 2 years in Mau-ritius than in all my life in France.

Furthermore, what I like as well about Mauritians is that they haven’t forgotten how family is important.
Family is the cement of the Mauritian society and it is wonderful.

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