The Duchess of Cornwall has delivered her first solo international speech in French to members of the Emmaus community in Bougival, Paris.
Camilla asked her addressees to forgive her "rather rusty French", explaining it was 50 years since she studied in the French capital.
– Duchess of Cornwall
It is a huge privilege for me to be here with you today in Paris, where theEmmaus movement began sixty years ago. Following Abbé Pierre’s famousappeal on Radio Luxembourg, this ‘uprising of kindness’ became the start of aworldwide movement of solidarity to protect those who are without shelter orhope.
As Patron of Emmaus UK, over the past few years I have had the honour ofvisiting several Emmaus communities in England. I have found that eachone offers companions the same opportunities - to rebuild their lives, regaintheir dignity and self-respect, and develop new skills.
She added: "I am sure that by sharing ideas, knowledge - and of course, know-how - we can continue the legacy of this generous and inspirational priest."