“We owe a debt to Africa, […] a continent which fascinates the whole world, which sometimes frightens others ”: on the last day of the Africa-France summit, Emmanuel Macron spoke of his vision of relations between France and the African continent.
“We cannot have a future project for France if France does not take its share of Africanity.”, was launched by President Emmanuel Macron at the Africa-France summit on Friday, October 8. “Nearly 7 million French are inextricably, family connected to Africa”.
“We owe Africa an obligation”? “A continent that fascinates the entire world and sometimes scares others.”He added that he was referring to the debates about immigration that marked the beginning of the presidential campaign.
This was defended and supported by Emmanuel Macron “New summit”Since African leaders were not expected to attend the initial summit in 2020, he is now the only head of state. The Arena in Montpellier in the south of France welcomed 3,000 guests including 700 young members of African civil society.
“Our country was built on this relationship with Africa. We have nearly seven million French people whose life is intimately, family, directly, in the first or second generation, linked to Africa ”Emmanuel Macron insisted.
“All of us here in this room did not choose our history or our geography.”. “We are the heirs to all this”Rather, he called for the freedom to choose “How to build the Future”.
“A country such as France has a responsibility to respond to the needs of African youth.”He said that he believed this summit of a different type illustrated a new relationship between France, Africa. It is also made to “All our diasporas and the binational French women who keep this love alive”.
The Head of State promotes a new relationship between France & Africa, but is often questioned about the colonial past. “Africa is married for over 500 years to France”So, he launched an African artist to him in morning. The Head of state replied: “If you stay face-to-face or back to front, you will never progress”.