French President Criticizes African Response To Ukraine War

French President Emmanuel Macron harshly criticized the response of African leaders to the Ukraine war. 

Specifically on the African continent, Mr. Macron blasted “the hypocrisy” that denied the conflict in Ukraine was a war. 

A few African nations have refrained from scathingly denouncing Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. In a UN vote to denounce the invasion in March, 17 African nations chose to abstain. 

Decentralization, he added, is the only way to address the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. “A lasting solution can be found through this political process of dialogue and reform,” Mr. Macron was quoted as saying by the privately-owned Journal du Cameroun website.

In Yaoundé, he was speaking alongside President Paul Biya of Cameroon. 

The two leaders also spoke about “jihadist threats in northern Cameroon with Boko Haram” and the conflict between Cameroonian forces and armed separatist groups, according to Journal du Cameroun. 

On July 25, the French president set out on a three-nation tour of Africa, where discussions with African leaders were expected to center on food security, militant violence, and France’s relationship with the continent.