Africa-France relations: a tense affair
Emmanuel Macron is looking to build France’s soft power in Africa. Sentiments arising from last week’s Africa-France summit suggest he’s got his work cut out for him
French President Emmanuel Macron started his short address to the New Africa-France Summit on Friday on a self-deprecating note.
"Given that it’s a new summit, there shouldn’t be a president taking the floor," he told the 3,000-odd participants gathered in the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier. He did, however, remain on stage for a three-hour "conversation" with a dozen selected young leaders from around Africa...