Social media is throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at France’s 39 Year old President, Emmanuel Macron for saying in a press conference during the just ended G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, last weekend that “civilization” problems and women having “seven or eight children” were hampering development on the African continent. A 28 second edited video clip of Macron’s response was shared on social media and it provoked outrage, with some accusing him of racism and of blaming women for poverty.
Asked why there was no concerted effort to help the African continent economically, Macron said:
“A successful demographic transition when countries still have seven to eight children per woman – you can decide to spend billions of euros, you will not stabilize anything. At the moment, spending billions of euros outright would stablize nothing. So the transformation plan that we have to conduct together must be developed according to African interests by and with African leaders,”
He acknowledged the fact that France was a former colonial power that controlled dozens of territories across Africa but a “simple money transfer” was not the answer to the continent’s problems.
Macron also listed issues including Islamist terrorism, drugs and weapons trafficking but said there were examples showing the “continent is a land of opportunity”.