Macron red-faced as Benin minister dusts shoulder off after French President touches him

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Macron red-faced as Benin minister dusts shoulder off after French President touches him

Emmanuel Macron was left humiliated as Benin’s Foreign Minister Aurélien Agbenonci cleaned his shoulder after the French President tapped him. The

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Emmanuel Macron was left humiliated as Benin’s Foreign Minister Aurélien Agbenonci cleaned his shoulder after the French President tapped him. The French President was on a three-day African tour to counter the Kremlin’s war narrative that the West’s sanctions on Russia amid Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine are not responsible for the war. In the video, President Macron is heard calling Minister Agbenonci to his side as he speaks with Patrice Talon, Benin’s president.

Footage shows President Macron getting closer to Benin’s foreign minister, tapping him on the shoulder and then telling him something. Seconds after President Macron touched his shoulder, the Benin minister looked at his shoulder and dusted it off in an apparent blow to President Macron.

Reacting to the viral video, think tank president and journalist Phil Bechade took to Twitter and said: “Wow, the gestures of the Beninese official intended to symbolically erase the sign of paternalistic superiority imposed on him by Macron, it’s priceless!”

However, Foreign Minister Aurélien Agbenonci rejected the allegation on Twitter, saying he made the gesture after President Macron noticed dust on his coat.

Benin’s Foreign Minister Aurélien Agbenonci hit back on Twitter: “False.. it is not! Pt Macron had just noticed and showed me a trace of dust on my jacket after the press briefing held outside. My gesture completed that very kind of Pt Macron.”

Macron’s three-day visit to Africa was aimed at reviving relations with former French colonies.

But Emmanuel Macron was not the only foreign politician making the visit, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was on a parallel tour to Egypt, the Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Ethiopia in a bid to put the blame on the West for food shortages.

In late May, the African Union had warned EU leaders that Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports risked a nightmare scenario of food shortage and price rises. Senegal’s President Macky Sall, who chairs the union, then said, “the worst is perhaps ahead of us.” 

President Macron’s visit was an attempt to show Africa that Putin’s Kremlin is behind this effort to threaten global food security – and weaken Africa.

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