I’ve been resistant to Emmanuel Macron, the French president. He continues to welcome countless unassimilable migrants to France, even as terrorist attacks become so commonplace they no longer even make the news unless they’re particularly horrific.
And Macron is weird. When he was sixteen he pledged to marry his teacher. And he did. She was already married, with three kids. Really weird.
But then I learned about Macron's visit to Burkina Faso, a former French colony in west Africa. One of the poorest countries in the world.
He’s met with rioters shouting, "Down with imperialism."
Except that Burkina Faso has been independent since 1960. The rioters' grandparents might have lived under the French Empire. But they haven’t. Their parents haven’t. All Emmanuel Macron means to them now is — free money.
Except Macron didn’t do the Trudeau thing or the Obama thing — the world apology tour.
Macron talked about slavery — not in the past, though, but that's happening in Africa right now, run by African slave traders.
Then Macron visited a university in Burkina Faso’s capital. The students started complaining to him about the country's power outages.
Right on cue, the president of Burkina Faso — who was sitting next to him — walks out on Macron. Why?
He went to repair the air conditioning!
I swear that happened.
I had no idea this side of Emmanuel Macron ever existed.
And I just searched the CBC’s website.
No surprise — they didn’t quote what he said...
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