Emmanuel Macron judged “ridiculous” Wednesday night the controversy over his joke aimed at his Burkinabè counterpart, stressing that it would be “strange to consider that we can not humor with an African leader.”
” But I do not want to deal with electricity in universities in Burkina Faso, it’s the job of the president! “, He replied, pointing to Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.
A few seconds later, the Burkinabè president had risen from his chair and headed for the exit door of the amphitheater. What had pushed Emmanuel Macron to add a layer: “the president is going to arrange the air conditioning”.
Several observers had judged these remarks to be very inappropriate especially to a president. They were even likened to a form of humiliation. Given the scale of this affair and especially in view of the unfortunate judgments expressed by many Africans, Emmanuel Macron kindly replied that it was humor. He is in the habit of doing this with other counterparts. For the French president there is no harm in joking with an African president. Moreover, he is used to Roch Marc Kaboré, according to him.
But the question is whether the place was well indicated? At that moment, it was neither the place nor the moment to joke. Which presidents Emmanuel Macron often address in this way in public