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Why a celebrated Francophone Africa writer said no to president Macron’s Francophone project

Siddhartha Mitter
Why a celebrated Francophone Africa writer said no to president Macron’s Francophone project

In his speech to “Africa’s youth” in Ouagadougou, last November, France’s president Emmanuel Macron made a big deal of his plans to promote the French language around the world, with advice from African thinkers and others. Two weeks later, he invited Alain Mabanckou—the celebrated Congolese novelist and essayist—to take part. But Mabanckou—who divides his time…