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Ghana’s president surprised Macron with a clear rejection of development aid

After the AU-EU summit in Abidjan, French President Emmanuel Macron visited several African states, including Ghana. But contrary to other African heads of state, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a clear vision of how to make his country independent from development aid. EURACTIV Germany reports. “We can no longer pursue a policy for our countries and regions that is based on the support given by the West, France or the European Union. This has not worked and it will not work,” Akufo-Addo told a joint press conference with Macron, who was visibly surprised by the statements made by the Ghanaian president. Read More This article was originally published on EURACTIV  

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From Battlefields to Burkinis: Encounters in Franco-African history in Shrewsbury

From Battlefields to Burkinis:  Encounters in Franco-African history in Shrewsbury Delivered at the new University Centre in Shrewsbury Wednesday 17 May last, this public lecture took as its starting point recent events, including the Burkini affair, that have put France in the global spotlight. Prof. Claire Griffiths (Francophone and Area Studies, University of Chester, c.griffiths@chester.ac.uk) invited the audience to take a journey back through four centuries of French history in Africa to explore some of the roots of cultural and political debates that today help define France’s role in the world. The Shrewsbury audience, ranging from sixth formers to local retired professoriate, showed a strong interest and engagement in the topics presented on the theme of Francophone African politics in historical perspective. The talk concluded with almost an hour of discussion around the outcome of the presidential election, including M. Macron’s visit to Mali, as was revealed through Macron twitterfeed on the day. The venue: Rowley’s House, Barker Street, in Shrewsbury.  

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