It had been six months since the new French president had settled into the Élysée Palace. On 28 November 2017, Emmanuel Macron was visiting the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Before an amphitheatre of students, he said: “France no longer has an African policy.”
On 6 December 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron made a whirlwind visit to Algiers. Eager to distinguish himself from his predecessors, he not afraid to break taboos or offend his interlocutors. Has it changed anything?
On 23 November 2018, Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr submitted their report on the restitution of artwork pillaged from Africa during the colonial period. This step can be credited to the French president, who opened up a debate that had long been kept under wraps.
When French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Chad to attend the funeral of Idriss Déby Itno and endorse the seizure of power by his son, one thing was clear: Paris needed N'Djamena as much as N'Djamena needed Paris.
During French President Macron's presidency, he has been set on repairing old wounds with the continent. One in particular has been engaging with Rwanda's Paul Kagame who has always pointed a finger to France for its role in the 1994 genocide.
It was 8 October 2021 and the French president had organised a summit to which his African counterparts were not invited. An innovative approach in form, which probably didn’t change the Franco-African relationship in any depth, but speaks volumes about Emmanuel Macron’s style.
Relations between the French head of state and the Malian junta started off rather promising. Emmanuel Macron and Assimi Goïta were supposed to meet on 20 December 2021 in Bamako but the visit was cancelled, signalling a breakdown between the two countries.