France wants to renew the partnership between Europe and Africa ahead of a crucial summit between the two in February.
A meeting was held on Monday in Paris aimed at identifying the priorities for EU member states in their relationship with the African Union, the first event organised by the French government as part of its six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union.
When presenting his programme for his country’s tenure in December, French president Emmanuel Macron made relations with Africa a priority.
He said he wants to “rebuild an economic and financial New Deal with Africa”, highlighting the “somewhat tired” current relationship between the two continents.
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