France's President François Hollande arrived Saturday in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a summit of the world's French-speaking countries got under way in Kinshasa. Hollande has promised a "new chapter" in relations between France and Africa.
French President François Hollande landed early Saturday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he is to take part in a summit of French-speaking countries, after months of controversy surrounding his visit to the vast Central African nation.
On the agenda in Kinshasa
“We know they are going to talk about the crisis situations in the Francophone areas, particularly in Mali, where they will discuss the possibility of military intervention,” said FRANCE 24’s Nicolas Germain reporting from Kinshasa.
“They will also talk about Congo where the M23 rebels are fighting government forces in the east of the country.
“It’s a Francophone summit so they will also talk about the future of the French language. Today around 220 million people speak French but by 2050 there will be around 700 million French speakers, most whom will be in Africa.”
Date created : 2012-10-13