Madagascar’s Love Affair With the 2CV

BBC News published an article in their African website section on October 26 about how Madagascar is still infatuated with the 2CV and to this day some are still functioning as taxis.  The article profiles three taxi drivers, whose family history stems from either their fathers owning a 2CV and them carrying on the tradition or having another car (such as  Renault 4) and finding out they weren’t as reliable as the venerable Deux Chevaux.  In each case they make a living today still driving their 2CVs around Madagascar.

You can read the full BBC article here:

Citroën used to test vehicles in Madagascar in the late 1920’s and 1930’s.  There was a rumour going around in the 1980’s that there was an original V8 engine Traction Avant (the 22 CV) abandoned somewhere there.  People trekked there trying to find it but to no avail.

Being a french colony Madagascar gained independence from France in 1960, but French cars remain extremely popular.

What really impressed us in the article is that they show a picture of a 2CV souvenir made from a milk carton.  Eddy Rajaonarison La Roche, now 26 years old, has been making them since he was 10.  It takes him three days to make one and his work is astonishing!   Someone should contact him and start importing them to sell at Citroën events [hint].

  Photo by Clare Spencer.

Also in the article it states “We’d like to see your pictures of 2CVs and possibly publish our favourites.  Send your 2CV pics that you are particularly proud of to  You can send an MMS from the UK to 61124.  Or if you are contacting us from the rest of the world send it to: +44 (0)7725 100 100.  Or upload your photos and video here:

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