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Colonialism was a 'grave mistake', Macron says during Ivory Coast visit

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French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by President Alassane Ouattara upon arrival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Friday dec. 20, 2019 for a three-days official visit.
French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by President Alassane Ouattara upon arrival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Friday dec. 20, 2019 for a three-days official visit.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde   -   Diomande Ble Blonde
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Colonialism was a "grave mistake" and a "serious fault" made by the French Republic, French president Emmanuel Macron declared on Saturday during a joint press conference with the president of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara.

"Too often, France is perceived as taking a supremacy stance and to dress itself in the rags of colonialism, which has been a grave mistake, a serious fault of the Republic", Macron said.

He added that he hoped "a new page" of the story could be written.