Colonialism A Grave Mistake — Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron has met with West African leaders to revamp the regional currency. The currency has been criticized as a relic of French colonialism, which Macron called a “grave mistake.”
French President Emmanuel Macron visited Ivory Coast on Saturday, where he joined eight West African countries in announcing major changes to the regional common currency, including severing its links with France.
In Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s largest city, Macron said that colonialism in Africa had been “a grave mistake” and a fault of the republic.” He called for “turning the page” on the past.
“The African continent is a young continent,” Macron said. “Three-quarters of your country never knew colonialism,” he added, calling on young people to “build a new partnership of friendship with France.”
It was not the first time that Macron expressed remorse on behalf of France over its colonial past. During his campaign for the presidency, he made headlines by referring to France’s colonization of Algeria as a “crime against humanity.”
Macron’s trip to the Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and France’s former main colony in West Africa, came as regional leaders gathered to announce the renaming of the CFA Franc currency.