It is not common for leaders of two countries to debate in international forums. But an argument broke out during a press conference between the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and France.
What did the President of Congo say?
‘Respect us and don’t look at us the way you look at us,’ Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, told Macron during a press conference. Don’t treat us in a patriarchal manner. Frankfreak no longer exists.’ In international forums, francophone refers to the former colonies of France and Belgium in Africa.
A joint press conference held in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, saw a tense moment between the two leaders. Actually, many countries including Britain in Europe had enslaved many countries of the world. Many countries in Africa were ruled by France.
President Tshisekedi said that France and Western countries should give up their imperialist attitude towards Africa. ‘Respect us and look at us differently,’ Tshisekedi said, gesturing with his hands. Don’t always look at us with patriarchal eyes as a true partner and decide what is important to us.
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President Felix Tshisekedi said, ‘Frankfreak no longer exists. We should make such a policy which is based on equality. Furthermore, he urged France to impose sanctions on Rwanda for the ongoing violent conflict in the country’s Goma region. This follows a change in French President Emmanuel Macron’s policy towards Africa. Macron was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to attend the Kinshasa Economic Forum.
Macron said France would stop hosting regular military bases in Africa and instead set up an academy. President Macron also responded to Felix Tshisekedi’s statement. He said that if a journalist writes or says something, it does not become a statement of France. So don’t mix both the things together. Tshisekedi said that I have spoken on the statement of former French Foreign Minister Le Drian.