15:00. I was happy back in Lyon (France), living with my boyfriend and it was my first relationship, so when we broke up, everything crumbled. All of a sudden I was heartbroken, I could not recognize myself and I could no longer see my life being in France. 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 for me to handle, but should it not have been for that, I would not have discovered what really motivated me in life and it is what I do now. The European project was the adventure I needed at the time, to mend my heart.
(Renaud works at DEVCO, the European Commission’s DG for international cooperation and development and before that was an advisor at the European Parliament.)