15:00. The European project was an adventure I really needed at the time. I was happy in Lyon, I had a boyfriend, it was my first relationship, but when we broke up I did not recognize myself, I was heartbroken, I could not see my life in France anymore. I needed to go on a new adventure and start fresh; so I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) and that made me want to continue work on issues of development and human rights.
The break up was very difficult but at the same time, should it not have been for that, I would not have discovered what really motivated me in life – it is what I do now.
(Renaud works at DEVCO, the European Commission’s DG for International Cooperation and Development. Before working at the European Commission, Renaud was at the European Parliament for almost 10 years.)