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Were Macron’s comments about Africa racist?

Macron's Africa comments were petty

They were taken totally out of context

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Emmanuel Macron’s negative comments about African civilization’s downsides being linked to mothers having “seven or eight children” is a huge generalization and a bigoted statement, suggests Nabila Ramdani of the Independent. His insensitive words are particularly reflective of tasteless ideals that are still held in France on the subject. During colonization, the narrative of introducing ‘civilization’ often excused oppressive and violent behavior by the French. Macron should have a better understanding of Africa’s situation and France’s role in it. His sweeping statement was highly inappropriate.

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French president Macron’s words about African mothers has been taken out of context, leading to a gross overreaction, believes Christian Krug of Politico. He was talking about the complexity of making aid to the continent effective, raising that it will require a sophisticated approach. In particular, he was referring to the contrast between the aid that post-war Europe required and the aid that African states require today. Macron’s speech went into the details of African geopolitical issues. By taking small points from a bigger picture out of context, his words have been twisted to have a different meaning.

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