France’s Macron arrives in Cameroon in the beginning of a three-country African journey

France’s Macron arrives in Cameroon in the beginning of a three-country African journey On Monday night, President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Cameroon in the beginning of a three-nation tour in West Africa, as he seeks to revive France’s relationship with the post-colonial continent.

Macron was obtained at Yaounde airport at roughly 10:40 pm by Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngot.

A French presidential chief stated the primary journey of his new time period exterior Europe, which can even take him to Benin and Guinea-Bissau, ought to enable Macron to “show the president’s dedication within the means of renewing the connection with the African continent”. An official who requested anonymity.

Macron is scheduled to carry talks on Tuesday morning on the presidential palace along with his counterpart Paul Biya, 89, who has dominated Cameroon with an iron fist for almost 40 years.

They’re anticipated to debate safety in Cameroon, which has been riven by ethnic violence and an insurgency by English-speaking separatists who’ve been preventing for the independence of two English-speaking provinces since 2017. Northern Cameroon has additionally seen assaults by Boko Haram jihadists.

Macron angered Biya in 2020 after declaring that he would apply “most stress” to the president over “insufferable” violence within the West African nation.

His go to comes at a time when France, the previous colonial energy, has witnessed the decline of its affect within the face of China, India and Germany, particularly within the financial and industrial sectors.

After lunch with Pia and his spouse Chantal, Macron will meet with representatives of youth and civil society.

He’ll finish his day at Noah’s Village, hosted by former tennis champion Yannick Noah, who’s creating a leisure and academic heart in a preferred space of ​​Yaounde, the place he lives a number of months a yr.

On Wednesday, Macron will journey to Benin, which has confronted bloody assaults from jihadists who’ve unfold from the Sahel to the Gulf of Guinea states.

Benin has lengthy been praised for its burgeoning multi-party democracy. However critics say its democracy has steadily eroded below President Patrice Talon over the previous half decade.

On Thursday, Macron will conclude his tour of political crisis-ridden Guinea-Bissau at a time when its president, Umaro Sissoko Embalo, is getting ready to take over the presidency of the Financial Group of West African States.

The three nations have been criticized by activists for his or her human rights data, however the Elysee insisted that problems with governance and rights can be raised, albeit “with out media hype however within the type of direct exchanges between heads of state.”



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