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Macron Tries To Push Back Against Russia Influence in Africa

  • French president ready to boost help on food, security
  • Russia’s Lavrov is also visiting the continent this week
Emmanuel Macron is greeted by Benin Minister of Culture Jean-Michel Abimbola at Cotonou airport on July 27.

Emmanuel Macron is greeted by Benin Minister of Culture Jean-Michel Abimbola at Cotonou airport on July 27.

Photographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

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French President Emmanuel Macron is ready to step up support to African countries facing food and security concerns in a bid to stem Russia’s growing sway in the region.

Macron is visiting Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau this week while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tours other countries in the continent as Russia seeks to strengthen its relations in Africa following its invasion of Ukraine.