Tuesday, January 22, 2019

France falls out with Italy on Africa Policies

Conveniently forgetting his own country's ignoble history, Luigi di Maio, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister, called on the European Union to impose sanctions on France for its policies in African accusing it of exploiting Africa and fueling migration. 

"The EU should sanction France and all countries like France that impoverish Africa and make these people leave, because Africans should be in Africa, not at the bottom of the Mediterranean," he said. "If people are leaving today it's because European countries, France above all, have never stopped colonising dozens of African countries."
He said if it wasn't for Africa, France would rank 15th among world economies, not in the top six. He accused France of manipulating the economies of African countries that use the CFA franc, a colonial-era currency backed by the French treasury.
"France is one of those countries that by printing money for 14 African states prevents their economic development and contributes to the fact that the refugees leave and then die in the sea or arrive on our coasts," he said. "If Europe wants to be brave, it must have the courage to confront the issue of decolonisation in Africa."

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