France and Africa — a fraught past but a firm future relationship
France has a complex history with the continent, but wants to put in the work to ensure an equitable working partnership from now on
Africa and France share a deep-rooted history. A complex history, which can generate misunderstandings and misconceptions. A history of human bonds. To move forward, we need to face this history head-on. This work is essential to promote and expand an equitable relationship and a true partnership.
Our relations experienced a new beginning in November 2017. French President Emmanuel Macron, while in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, proposed a new agenda between the French people and African countries. Macron recognised the wrongs of the past in Africa, saying: “The crimes of European colonisation cannot be disputed and are part of our history.” A difficult issue not only to reflect on, but one that paves the way for a sincere and respectful partnership. ..