Macron calls Russia a ‘colonial power’ during visit to ex-French colony

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The French president vilified Russia as a “colonial imperial power” during a visit to Benin, which France ruled for more than 150 years. By deciding “to invade a neighboring country to defend its interests there … Russia is one of the last imperial colonial powers,” said Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday. He made the remarks during a press conference with his Beninese counterpart Patrice Talon in Cotonou, adding “I speak on a continent [Africa] which has undergone colonial imperialism.” France colonised the small west African country of Benin in 1894, which was at the time one of the oldest and m…

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