The French President, Emmanuel Macron, is under fire on social media after controversial remarks about what in his view was the problem with Africa.
A 28-second video of Macron speaking at a press conference during the just-ended G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg has attracted condemnation by people who particularly picked on a part where he alludes to high birth rate as part of the African continent challenges.
A transcript of his full remarks is as follows:
“The challenge of Africa, it is totally different, it is much deeper, it is civilization, today, What are the problems in Africa? Failed States, complex demographic transitions, demographic transition, which is one of the main challenges facing Africa…
“It is then the roads of multiple trafficking which also require answers interms of security and regional coordination, trafficking drugs, arms trafficking, human trafficking, trafficking in cultural property and violent fundamentalism…
“Islamist terrorism, all this today mixed up, creates difficulties in Africa. At the same time, we have countries that are tremendously successful, with an extraordinary growth rate that makes people say that Africa is a land of opportunity…
“A successful demographic transition when countries still have seven to eight children per WOMAN – you can decide to spend billions of euros, you will not stabilize anything.”
Macron, since voted into power has been to Africa twice – specifically to Mali, first to meet with French forces engaged in the anti-terrorism fight in the West African nation. He is on record to have described France’s colonial past as a ‘crime against humanity.’
He is a former civil servant and investment banker and is married to Brigitte Macron since 2007. The couple does not have any children.
Watch the video below: