Seriously, that was a joke: Macron defends Africa air-conditioning gag

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Over the past decade, French presidents have tried to press the reset bùtton on Franco-African relations – often with disastroùs conseqùences.
Françafrique – the term employed for France’s post-colonial attempts to maintain its sphere of influence in Africa – is so emotionally weighted on the continent, that successive presidents have been burned by their disengagement attempts.