France eyes “comeback” to Africa with President Macron’s East Africa tour

France eyes “comeback” to Africa with President Macron’s East Africa tour

NDO – Despite its binding relations with African countries in terms of history, culture and language, France seems to be “slower” than other competitors in the race for cooperation and investment in the “dark continent”. Therefore, strengthening Paris’s presence in the region was the key goal of President Emmanuel Macron’s recently concluded visit to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya, which is seen as a move to send a “comeback” message from France. (Mar 16, 2019 17:13:37)

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Premier Li Keqiang on March 15 expressed hope that China and Russia will exhaust all means possible to double their trade value. 

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World News in Brief: March 15

  Mar 15, 2019 12:08:39
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