Macron's crusade for French language bolsters imperialism – Congo novelist

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Club of French-speaking countries needs total overhaul, argues novelist Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou, the acclaimed Congolose writer, has rejected Emmanuel Macron’s project to boost French-speaking worldwide, calling instead for a complete overhaul of the club of French-speaking countries known as la Francophonie, which he warned had become an instrument of French imperialism propping up African dictators.

The institutional network of French-speaking countries “cannot continue as it is today because it goes against everything we ever dreamed of”, Mabanckou told the Guardian in Nantes, where he was artistic director of the Atlantide world literary festival this weekend.

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