What's behind the French leader's visit to central Africa? | Inside Story

French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting four nations in central Africa.
He is hoping to regain influence in a continent where the former colonial power, now faces competition from other nations, notably China and Russia.
Macron says he wants to reset ties – promising a new partnership of equals.
He is visiting countries he has not been before – that includes Gabon, Angola, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.
France has announced its scaling back its military presence on the continent – pulling out of Mali, Central African Republic and Burkino Faso where the government ordered them out.

So, can Macron improve relations with African nations?

Presenter: Tom McRae


Lara Marlowe – Author and Journalist based in France, covering events there and a foreign correspondent for many years.

Marie-Roger Biloa – President of Africa International Media Group and an Africa Affairs Analyst.

Marisa Lourenco – Political Risk Analyst specialising in the Horn of Africa.

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Written by Leo Ibarra

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