To emphasize his support to the democratic youth in Africa, Macron has become the first French leader to name French citizens of African origin as state representatives on the continent.
This system turned out to be so durable that it remained in place beyond the fall of the Berlin wall. However, France overestimated its influence, paying no heed to the swift globalization taking place on the continent. During his speech in 2017, Emmanuel Macron really believed he would be able to simply wipe the slate clean. Very quickly, realpolitik was there to remind France of its fading influence on the continent, aside from its military presence. "You’re not going to change a 70-year-old system in a matter of three years, that would only be aiming for a quick fix." Macron admitted in an interview with us in September 2020.