The G20 Hamburg summit managed to happen this weekend amidst protest and police clashes with black bloc-ing anarchist groups.Â Â World leaders gathered to talk the talk in front of flashing cameras and eager journalists, although it seems not much came out of it.
Everything politicians say these days tends to sound the same. However, French President Emmanuel Macron, the new Justin Trudeau of the fangirling liberal left, managed to find a way to make some really odd remarks when asked about the situation in Africa.
â€” Politis (@Politis_fr) July 10, 2017
â€œThe challenges in Africa are totally differentâ€¦ It is civilisational. What are the problems in Africa? The failed states, the complex democratic transition, the demographic transition…â€
Macron went on to say that one of the other challenges is the increasing population, stating that Africa had a ratio of 7-8 children per woman while complaining that France spent millions of Euros in trying to stabilise the continent.Â
Imaginez le mÃªme discours prononcÃ© par Sarko ou Le Pen, le tollÃ© dans les mÃ©dias, l’indignation publique, alors que la avec Macron ca passe.
â€” FranÃ§ois #M1717 (@flicerinos) July 10, 2017
It makes no sense to say that the challenges facing Africa have anything to do with â€˜civilisationâ€
Are we still using pseudoscience and eugenics to determine which populations are progressing the fastest? Macron sounds like Le Pen did earlier this year when she said that France played no role during the Holocaust.Â Â A simple history lesson could explain why Africa is facing the challenges it is.
But before we take this little trip down the memory lane of colonial rule and post-colonial state interference, letâ€
It is harmful to each country for the continent to still be regarded as a playhouse for European leaders. At a world summit of leaders, for questions about â€˜Africaâ€
Macron is confident in rattling off a list of all the wrongs that Africa is currently facing while conveniently forgetting that his own country was on the brink of democratic and regional turmoil until just a few months ago. In fact, the whole of Europe continues to teeter on that brink, but Africa receives the misplaced concern borne of the Western saviour mentality.
C’est quand la civilisation est tellement pourrie qu’elle Ã©lit un quasi-inconnu fantoche Ã la tÃªte d’un Ã©tat puissant. #wink
â€” Franck Ï†ðŸŒ¿ (@FranckAlbi) July 10, 2017
Macron is right in saying that the issues Africa is facing are totally different. But this has nothing to do with civilisation. African states remain divided into borders created by European colonial rule. Africaâ€
Au lieu de reverser qques euros en aide pourquoi on rembourse pas les milliers de milliards qu’on doit Ã l’Afrique pour le pillage ?
â€” Audinot Baptiste (@Bapts54) July 10, 2017
Do African, Asian and South American leaders talk about European birthrates with the same paternalism? Itâ€