In order to improve its relations with Sub-Saharan Africa, France proposes a new, humble strategy that will reduce military engagement and put more of an emphasis on cooperative relationships and humanitarian endeavors.
France has announced a new approach to its relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa, aiming to focus on mutually beneficial partnerships and civil projects. President Emmanuel Macron outlined the new strategy, which will see France adopting a “profoundly humble” standpoint, reducing military intervention and focusing on co-industrialization and solidarity investments. The changes come in response to a growing contestation of French influence on the continent, including anti-French sentiment and the termination of military operations in Burkina Faso. Macron’s speech signals a shift towards pragmatism and adaptation to a changing international environment, but concerns remain about inconsistencies in French foreign policy and the country’s dependency on foreign uranium for nuclear energy production. It remains to be seen how successful the new approach will be in practice.