What does he think of his restless neighbors who multiply blows and counter-blows? The former opponent who became head of state is a pragmatic man. President-in-Office of ECOWAS in 2021 when the latter put pressure on Mali to stop tackling it and propose a clear timetable, he still pleads today for sanctions as much as for the need of give dialogue a chance.
Francophone and francophile assumed, Nana Akufo-Addo does not have the tongue in his pocket, he has proven it more than once. In November 2017, he took advantage of a whirlwind visit by Emmanuel Macron to Accra to deliver a scathing demonstration of truth-telling. “It is time for Africans to stop conducting their policies on the basis of what Westerners, the European Union or France support or wish,” he insisted. It doesn’t work, it never has, it never will. Let’s stop asking ourselves what France can do for us. France is doing its best for itself first. »
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Five years and one re-election later, Nana Akufo-Addo has not changed. On an official visit at Paris mid-October, done doctor honoris causa by the University of the Sorbonne (“I love France”, he repeated while receiving – moved – the prestigious distinction), he did not hesitate to tackle the G20 countries, and to criticize their lack of solidarity with Africa in the face of climate change. “Paris, no more than Moscow, should not be an alternative,” he insists when we meet him on October 13, comfortably installed in a Parisian palace. And to explain that France is certainly an easy scapegoat, but that it is largely responsible for it.
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