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EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 29 Apr 2015
LIFESTYLE

The cultural mixture in Mauritius is most likely to be incredible. If we take a closer look, this enriches the wealth which is rich in colours and emotions.

WHO IS MR. BADOUX?
I am not 48 years of age but I am 18 with 30 years of experience! I was born in France and I lived in Lyon, the gastronomic capital, then in Marseille, the capital of Football and finally in Paris, THE capital. I started my studies in Medicine, but a summer holiday work pushed me into retail in 1989. I was brought up in big confidence, free to think, express and do well in my life although I announced to my mother that I was stopping medicine to be a cashier in a supermarket.

THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING, TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD!
My parents stopped the nannies when I was 8 years old with the freedom to discover life in my area, and then in my city which gave me the taste to discover the world. At a young age I sold my books to be able to buy others. I put myself comfortable on a piece of cloth where there were always more people passing by in front of the grocery shop of my area. I used to sell my second books to an old man. It was my grandfather who was doing his shopping. This was the first family drama! I got diagnosed as an entrepreneur and trader.

HOW DID YOUR ADULT ADVENTURE START?
I spent the rest of my life travelling the world to develop brands and trades and directed the development of Virgin in Europe and in the Middle East for 15 years. Then, when my first son was born, I decided to be more relaxed to benefit from a calm life, with less agitation. My second son was born in Mauritius. Both of them have spent 90% of their life here.

HAVE YOU MET ANYONE SPECIAL ALONG THE HIGH WAY OF LIFE?
I’ve got the chance to work with high profile people and for partners such as Richard Branson from Virgin. I’ve learnt that business could be fun and profitable at the same time. I’ve also learnt that when two roads are in front of you, it’s better to choose the most difficult one, it is the one which puts one’s limit at its best and enriches one’s experience. I’ve also discovered that life is a balance and that work is not everything. Finally, there's nothing more interesting than to travel, this teaches us to open our mind before opening our mouth.

WHAT GOT YOU HERE?
I have come to Mauritius regularly to implement new shops in Trianon Shopping Park. I fell in love with the country, settled here in 2009. I have developed the shops; Reserve Naturelle, opened 6 units with a great team, and then resold the brand to a Mauritian group by the end of 2013.

INFO ABOUT YOUR JOB OR COMPANY IN MAURITIUS:
Since the past 6 months, I am the Marketing Manager of Grand Baie La Croisette, an extraordinary site which is continuously positioning itself on the market. We develop with the teams, a place where movement resides, with life, with discovery and we improve the brands and animations. We work hard every day in order for this place to seduce more and more people, to give them the best possible experience whether it is trade, life style, sport or leisure. We have much more to come.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?
To discover the world, others, their culture, art. I have travelled to nearly 40 countries for work and also for personal adventures. A whole life wouldn’t be enough to do one quarter of the planet. I am passionate about the undersea and I practise diving regularly. I am also passionate about the skies and I sometimes practise paramotor, skydiving and aerobatics.

GIVE US A GLIMPSE AT AN AVERAGE DAY IN YOUR BUSY LIFE:
At work, every day is mostly different but starts in general from a site visit putting myself in the flesh of a customer. We identify, along with the team we analyse the good from the bad and we correct our shortcomings. We spend a lot of time thinking for new, innovative and interesting things for La Croisette. In my private life, it is to share good moments with my closed ones and family. It is kind of active, motorcycle, diving, out to sea, fishing, cycling, well, many outdoor activities.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING HERE?
The cultural mixture in Mauritius is most likely to be incredible. If we take a closer look, this enriches the wealth which is rich in colours and emotions. When we listen carefully, there are enough astonishing stories in Mauritius to write up entire books. I will not forget when I was living in France; we were dreaming of coming on holidays in such a paradise. And now that I am here, I can’t complain of the rain and the wind.

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