French Connection: President Cyril Ramaphosa Hosts French President Emmanuel Macron

French Connection: President Cyril Ramaphosa Hosts French President Emmanuel Macron

- French President Emmanuel Macron is in South Africa to build a strategic partnership

- President Ramaphosa hosted his French counterpart at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

- Ramaphosa recently visited France to attend the Financing African Countries Summit

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The South African government shared a post on Facebook of President Cyril Ramaphosa hosting his French counterpart at the Union Buildings.

Macron is visiting South Africa following Ramaphosa's trip to France. The French and South African governments are working together to build a strategic partnership.

French connection: President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts French Preisdent Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa greet each other. Photo credit: @GovernmentZA
Source: Facebook

A number of bilateral agreements are on the table in various areas of cooperation. South Africa is France's largest trading partner on the continent and France is South Africa's second-largest trading partner in the EU.

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South Africans reacted to the post and shared their thoughts:

Mulisa Nkuna:

"How will the partnership reduce the unemployment rate? How will this partnership better the lives of south African graduates."

Mali Dumisani:

"They should serve President Macron tripe and pap tonight."

François Kabumba Rumanya:

"Please tell him that South Africa is an English country not a French country. Come and see what this country (France) is doing in French countries in Africa."

Earlier, Briefly News reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa was in France for the Financing African Countries Summit. It was there that he spoke to France24 and compared Israel to an 'apartheid state.'

Ramaphosa said that the manner in which Israel had 'unleashed terror' on the Palestinian people could be compared to an apartheid-type state.

He said that the way in which the Israeli army had removed people from their homes and mistreated them reminded many South Africans of terrible times.

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In other news, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has been called out by President Cyril Ramaphosa due to his suspension for failing to provide adequate reasons for his 'unlawful' and 'purported suspension and for basing it on an 'ill-informed distortion of the truth'.

The president reiterated that there was no structure in the ruling party that had proposed any unlawful conduct that was related to his campaign to become president of the ANC back in 2017, say reports.

Ramaphosa said in his signed and sworn answering affidavit to Magashule's court application that the SG can only suspend members if their temporary suspension was in the interest of the ruling party.

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