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Protest in DR Congo ahead of French president’s visit

Emmanuel Macron

Civil society groups are holding a protest in DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, against a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron that is scheduled for later this week.

The protesters gathered outside the French embassy to accuse France of siding with neighbouring Rwanda – which has been linked by the UN and US of supporting the M23 rebel group based in the eastern part of the country.

Rwanda has repeatedly denied supporting the rebels.

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President Macron visit is meant to “deepen the Franco-Congolese relationship in the fields of education, health, research, culture and defence,” according to a statement from his office.

Mr Macron is making a four-nation tour of central African countries, starting with Gabon on Wednesday.

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