Macron publicly 'humiliates' Burkina Faso president as French leader's Africa trip goes wrong


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Meeting with the students of the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Tuesday, the French leader reiterated his position that France’s paternalistic approach to the African countries should be ended. The tradition of African nations reproaching France in case if something goes wrong should also be broken, he said, adding that the students spoke to him "as if he were a president of Burkina Faso" when complaining about the poor state of the university.

"Sometimes you talk to me like I'm still a colonial power," the French president said. "But I do not want to deal with electricity in universities in Burkina Faso," Macron added, smiling. Apparently warmed up by a mix of laughter, applause and whistling in the audience, he carried on. "It is the work of the president [of Burkina Faso]," he said, pointing at president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who was listening to Macron's speech from the same stage.

At this point, Kabore suddenly stood up and left the room. "He's leaving... Stay there! So, he went to repair the air conditioning," Macron shouted after the African state leader. The video posted on Macron's Twitter account has been edited to exclude his comments addressed to Kabore.

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