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Participants at the New Africa-France Summit. Participants attend the New Africa-France Summit 2021, Montpellier, France, Oct. 8, 2021 (AP photo by Daniel Cole).

The ‘New’ Africa-France Summit Is More Form Than Substance

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

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For the first time since the inaugural event in 1973, the Franco-Africa Summit—rebranded as the New Africa-France Summit, or as some referred to it on Twitter and other social media platforms, #AfricaFranceRemix—did not feature a single African head of state or government, or ministerial delegation. Instead, the gathering in the French Mediterranean city of Montpellier brought together nearly 3,000 young businesspeople, artists, writers, researchers, athletes and students from across France, Africa and the broader diaspora.  ...

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