France’s Macron under fire after claiming Africa’s problems are ‘civilisational’

When a journalist from the Ivory Coast asked the newly-elected leader why there was no Marshall Plan for Africa, the billions of dollars in economic aid the United States poured into destroyed European countries after World War II, Macron responded with a three-minute soliloquy. “The challenge of Africa is completely different, it is much deeper. It is civilizational today,” Macron stated, according to media reports. “Failing states, complex democratic transitions, the demographic transition … One of the essential challenges of Africa … is that today seven or eight children (are) born to each woman.” His statements have unleashed a firestorm of fury on social media and elsewhere.
Macron’s concluding comments included, “You can decide to spend billions of euros, you will not stabilize anything.” The speech has had social media users wondering if Macron, presented as the “centrist” candidate to his “far-right” challenger Marine Le Pen, is really all that centrist.

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