A little over a year after the re-election for the fourth term, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé has been in France since Wednesday for a working visit. The highlight will be a tête-à-tête at noon this Friday, April 9 at the Elysee Palace with its counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
This visit is the first by the Togolese head of state in France since his new mandate began. And this is especially true of Togolese civil society, which was at the forefront of the protests re-elected by Faure Gnassingbé in March 2020.
“It is important for Mr. Macron to remember a certain number of basic factors,” said David Dosseh, a spokesman for Citizens’ Front “Togo Debout”. If nothing is done to ensure that the rule of law takes hold in Togo, if we continue to oppress in this way, it will be extremely difficult. ”
The Togolese president is particularly accompanied by this visit by his Foreign Secretary Robert Dussey, for whom the opposition is wrong to criticize, because according to him, this stay in France has no reason to create controversy.
This visit is important for the Togolese people, as France is an important partner investing in Togo. Controversy should be avoided where there is no controversy. Today we are in a dynamic construction of Togo. This is the main goal of President Gnassingbé. ”
After his lunch with Emmanuel Macron, Faure Gnassingbé will go to the Senate in the afternoon where he will be received by the President of the Upper House, Gérard Larcher, in the presence of Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.