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French President Emmanuel Macron in Kenya; First French Leader There Since Independence in 1963

French President Emmanuel Macron is in Kenya today in the first visit by a French leader since the East African nation’s independence in 1963.

French President Emmanuel Macron inspects a guard of honour by the Kenya Defence Forces at State House in Nairobi, Kenya March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

This is the latest stop in Macron’s Africa tour, followed by Ethiopia and Djibouti, focusing on investment and security in a region of increasing strategic importance.

The French leader is attending a U.N. environmental meeting and One Planet Summit in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Macron’s office says that Kenya is the only African nation to reach the goal of making renewable energy 75 percent of its energy mix.

The office also notes the ongoing threat to Kenya from extremism. Al-Shabab is in neighboring Somalia.

French business leaders are also traveling with Macron. Kenya is East Africa’s commercial hub.

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