French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that he will not allow France to become “the ideal scapegoat” in Africa, in a speech ahead of a trip to the continent from Wednesday.
It must be recalled that France has seen her influence in Africa waning for some years now, dating back Rwanda genocide and most recently, Mali and Burkina Faso, leading to withdrawal of French troops from both countries after literally being asked to leave.
Some of the African countries are dissatisfied with France method in the fight against Islamist militancy in the Sahel region.
Macron also said he refused to be drawn into an outdated competition between powers for control of Africa.
Macron will travel to Gabon, Angola, République of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.