French President Emmanuel Macron took on his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen on Wednesday over the country’s diminishing influence in Africa in their only head-to-head confrontation before the electorate that was televised.
Ms Le Pen who criticised Macron as being too Euro-centric and not global-minded said “France has become a continental country. We are a global power, and we need to renew our ambitions of global influence working together with special partners particularly French-speaking countries in Africa, who are long standing partners of France. We need to restore our relationship with them.”
Highlighting his efforts to repair relations with former colonies and addressing the legacy of colonialism, Macron said “I have been to Africa more than any of my predecessors. I value this relationship. I re-established it. I re-launched it and I’ve been honest and brave about our history.”