French President Emmanuel Macro during his four-day trip across some of the former French colonies in Africa gave a public lecture on Tuesday at the Ouagadougou University in Burkina Faso. The French government pitched the trip as a political bridge-building initiative keen on resetting the relationship between France and Africa.
During his speech at Ouagadougou University, Macron talked on a lot of topics where France and Africa could mutually benefit each other. However, his speech about his country’s colonial past and the recent reports of slave auctions in Libya stood out the most. That is because the topic seemed to make him angry, and he had a hard time to hide it or be diplomatic about it.
For a Western Country President who says he grew up reading about Nelson Mandela and is of the school of thought the West should ‘not come to Africa to tell African what to do.’ His body language and the fact he seemed to lose his composure does very little to bring home the message ‘France does not tell Africa what to do.’
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