Burkina Faso — President Emmanuel Macron began a visit to reshape France’s relations with Africa on Tuesday, though a grenade attack targeting French troops on the ground and the stoning of a vehicle in his convoy in Burkina Faso set an early hostile tone. Macron is on a three-day trip to Burkina Faso, Ghana and Ivory Coast aimed at boosting co-operation in education, the digital economy and migration. The incidents in Ougadougou — one of them hours before Macron’s plane arrived in the capital and the other as he was meeting in the presidential palace — underlined the ill-feeling felt towards France by some in its former colonies. At a joint news conference with his Burkina counterpart, Roch Marc Kaboré, Macron said it was taking too long to get a West African military force, created to fight militants, fully operational. France has deployed about 4,000 troops in the Sahel region to counter Islamist militants. "It is indispensable that we win this war as quickly as possible," Macron...

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