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Macron and Africa: French president touts new relationship with former colonies

That first major tour of Africa is a rite of passage for any new French president. The one that was kicked off in Burkina Faso by 39-year old Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday included the usual trimmings: A nod to multiparty democracy and “the big speech” which perennially promises an end to what the French call "la Françafrique" - the uniquely symbiotic relationship between Paris and its former colonies.

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Produced by Daniel BARNEY, Alessandro XENOS, Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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