He continued with a trip to South Africa on May 28 and had earlier in May hosted a summit for African heads of state. Macron has sought to broaden French engagement beyond the traditional partnerships with former colonies.
- Paris sees President Paul Kagame as an influential African player in security sector and institutional reform.
- Paris will support the creation of Sub-Saharan African capacity to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines.
- Difficult issues remain to be fully tackled: reform of the CFA franc currency, visa liberalisation and migration.