Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and French President Emmanuel Macron review troops during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoMacron’s African Tour: Fresh Start or ‘Colonial’ Business as Usual?

Paris is seeking to establish closer working ties with its former colonies in West Africa. Speaking to Sputnik, some African observers characterized French President Emmanuel Macron’s African tour as a sign of “transition” in relations, while others insist that Africa needs to gain independence from French dominance.