“The age of Françafrique is over”
President Emmanuel Macron, Thursday, during his speech at the French Embassy in Libreville (Gabon). LUDOVIC…
President Emmanuel Macron, Thursday, during his speech at the French Embassy in Libreville (Gabon). LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP
REPORT – The French Head of State launched Thursday in Libreville his operation to regain France’s lost influence on the African continent.
Special envoy to Libreville (Gabon)
Perhaps one day, we will be able to observe in the Central African rainforests of the “Macroniers of Gabon”. For the moment it is only an unknown seed. The Gabonese Minister of Waters and Forests, Lee White, has just picked it up from the ground and placed it in the hand of the President of the French Republic. “We have just found the fruit of an unknown species, we may call it Macron”suggested a little later the president of the local CNRS.
For the first stage of his African tour, Emmanuel Macron surveys the Raponda Walker arboretum, one of the protected areas on the Gabonese coast north of Libreville. He must participate in the afternoon at the One Forest Summit, a meeting he co-chairs with his counterpart Ali Bongo. We must save the Gabonese forest, a major element in the fight against global warming. Emmanuel Macron only wants to talk about that and about biodiversity. However, Françafrique sticks to his skin as surely as the…