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France’s Trade Minister Dismisses Chinese Competition in Africa

France's Minister of Foreign Trade, Olivier Becht, says French infrastructure development in Africa is of higher quality and uses more local labor than comparable Chinese projects. Mumen KHATIB / AFP

Olivier Becht, France’s Minister of Foreign Trade pushed back against claims that France is being “chased out” of Africa. In an interview with Africa Report conducted late last year, Becht said the presence of French companies is actually increasing in Africa.

He also said France has what it takes to compete with China and other non-traditional infrastructure partners:

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