- It seems that the Western world is realising more and more the evil of colonialism in Africa
- In fact, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has described colonialism as a grave mistake
- Macron said that although most Africans of this generation did not experience colonialism, countries in the continent still have its effects on them
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, has referred to colonialism as a grave mistake that seriously affected the mentality of African nations which experienced it.
President Macron made this remark at a press conference held in Abijan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, on Saturday, 21 December, France 24.com reports.
Although he admitted that his generation and that of most Africans never witnessed colonialism as it was practised in times past, he pointed out that most nations in the continent, using the Ivory Coast as example, still have “a hegemonic view and the trappings of colonialism”.
He said: “I belong to a generation which was not that of colonisation. The African continent is a young continent. Three-fourths of your country never knew colonialism.”
As a way forward, the French president called on youths of the country to rise and build a new bond with France, a kind that is devoid of the traits of a slave-master relationship.
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