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French president says period of interference in African home affairs is over

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French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated on Thursday that Paris has no intention of returning to previous insurance policies of interfering in Africa.

He arrived in Libreville on Wednesday in the beginning of a four-nation African tour geared toward resetting relations with the continent.

“I desire to be very clear and specific in assembly you immediately,” he stated in remarks to the French group, “In Gabon, as elsewhere, France is a impartial interlocutor, which speaks to everybody, and whose function is to not intrude in home political points.”

Macron go to to 4 central African international locations comes at a time when France finds itself dealing with a wave of hostility amongst its former colonies within the Sahel, forcing it to withdraw its troops.

Forward of his go to, he stated there can be a “noticeable discount” within the French troop presence in Africa “within the coming months” and a higher give attention to coaching and equipping allied international locations’ forces.

“I’ve selected a brand new technique for all our navy bases in Africa. And I’ve requested the defence minister and the chief of the defence employees to work with their counterparts to adapt our navy preparations,” he stated.

Macron insisted that the reorganisation was “neither a withdrawal nor disengagement, however adapting an association” with allies.

Earlier than leaving Gabon, he’ll attend a convention on preserving tropical forests, an initiative that he and Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba unveiled finally yr’s UN local weather convention.

Later Thursday, he’ll head to Angola, earlier than travelling on Friday to the Republic of Congo and neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.