France’s Macron Reaffirms Commitment to Anti-Terror Fight in First Africa Visit

Emmanuel Macron, then a candidate for president, addresses his supporters during a rally, Arras, France, April 26, 2017 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).
Emmanuel Macron, then a candidate for president, addresses his supporters during a rally, Arras, France, April 26, 2017 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, visited Africa for the first time as head of state on Friday, traveling to northern Mali, where France led an intervention to drive out Islamist extremists in 2013. Greeted by Mali’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in the northern city of Gao, where French troops are still stationed, Macron offered a vision largely in line with what he espoused during the campaign: tough talk on terrorism and an emphasis on the need for development so that […]

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