Emmanuel Macron in Africa: Grenade thrown at French troops in Burkina Faso before his arrival

By: |
Ouagadougou | Updated: November 28, 2017 6:27:58 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday played down reports of a grenade thrown at French soldiers shortly before his arrival in Burkina Faso's capital, saying much worse attacks linked to "deadly ... terrorism" targeted the country.

emmanuel macron, macron in africa, macron africa visit, emmanuel macron africa tour, burkina faso, burkina faso attack, burkina grenade attackFrench President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore at Ouagadougou airport, Burkina Faso November 27, 2017. (Reuters)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday played down reports of a grenade thrown at French soldiers shortly before his arrival in Burkina Faso’s capital, saying much worse attacks linked to “deadly … terrorism” targeted the country. The grenade, which wounded three civilians, was thrown late on Monday, just hours before Macron was due to speak before a university audience at Ouagadougou, RFI radio station said. “Let’s put things in perspectives and keep our cool,” Macron said in a news conference at Burkina Faso’s presidential palace. “It’s only a grenade, I don’t forget the deaths your people had to suffer yesterday, and in the weeks and months before,” he said, adding: “And they are victims of what? Not to a reaction to a visit by France’s President. They are the victims of terrorism, of the deadly obscurantist terrorism against which we are all fighting with determination.” Later, on Tuesday, stones were thrown at one of the vehicles that were part of the French delegation, Macron’s spokesman said, adding that the French president was not in that car but speaking with Burkino Faso’s president, Roch Marc Kabore.

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are due to address an European Union-Africa summit in Abidjan this week, focusing on education, investment in youth and economic development to prevent refugees and economic migrants from attempting the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Next Stories
1Insys founder John Kapoor can remove ankle monitor: US court
2Syria talks in Astana and Geneva not competing: Turkey
3US Cyber sales jump 17 pct on Monday, on pace for record