French President Emmanuel Macron to Host Meeting With African Leaders in Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a joint news conference with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France March 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

The French presidency says European Union leaders will meet with African leaders in efforts to further support the continent’s poorest economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The informal meeting later Saturday will be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at France’s embassy in Rome on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Macron says he expects the G-20 to confirm an additional $100 billion to support Africa’s economies.

Participants at the meeting will include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel, as well as African Union President Felix Tshisekedi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Heads of state of South Africa and Senegal, Cyril Ramaphosa and Macky Sall, will take part via videoconference, the Elysee said.

– Ella Breedlove