- Title: France's Macron receives key to Abidjan from city's mayor
- Date: 21st December 2019
- Summary: ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, GETTING OUT OF CAR, SHAKING HANDS WITH ABIDJAN MAYOR, ROBERT BEUGRE MAMBE
- Embargoed: 4th January 2020 12:48
- Keywords: Alassane Ouattara Emmanuel Macron Ivory Coast keys of Abidjan
- Location: ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST
- City: ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAX3LFR
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- Story Text: French President Emmanuel Macron received the key to the city of Abidjan on Saturday (December 21) as he was named an honourary citizen of the Ivory Coast's economic capital.
Abidjan mayor Robert Beugre Mambe presented Macron the key during a ceremony attended by traditional chiefs and other officials at the city hall on the second day of the French president's official visit to the country.
"You have brought me even closer to Ivory Coast, and that touches me greatly," Macron said.
Macron inaugurated a sports centre in Abidjan later Saturday morning. He is slated to pay tribute to fallen French soldiers on Sunday (December 22) before flying to Niger.
After the death of the 13 soldiers, Macron ordered the military to review its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and pressed his allies to do more.
The leaders of five Sahel nations are due to attend a summit in Paris on January 13.
(Production: Media Coulibaly, Ardee Napolitano)
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