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Vol 55 No 14

Published 11th July 2014

Africa policy moves up the agenda

To the surprise of many, Franco-African relations have emerged as a priority of French President François Hollande’s approach to international affairs. This stems from wider reasons than the security threat posed by Islamist terrorism in the Sahara and Sahel as Paris strengthens relations and investment with key allies and expands economic opportunities

In December next year, France will host the next global climate summit, the Conference of the Global Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and this is already a key theme of French diplomacy south of the Sahara. African countries contribute hardly at all to climate change but suffer its full effects and President François Hollande sees them as Europe's natural allies in the effort to persuade the world's big producers of greenhouse gases to sign up to serious action.

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