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Macron's Africa outreach will need time to bear fruit

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.

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