CAMEROON: France and Cameroon Seats Over Climate Change, Political Issues

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The Cameroonian government were engaged in long interview on Climate Change with France Cameroon Ambassador, Gilles Thibault, ahead of Paris Summit

The next Paris summit and many other topics were on the agenda of the audience granted yesterday by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, to the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Gilles Thibault.

The audience granted yesterday by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, to the Ambassador of France in Cameroon, Gilles Thibault, can be ranked among the longest interviews at the Palace of Unity.

The quality of the topics discussed and especially the convergence of views between Yaoundé and Paris on the issues that drive national and international news are among other reasons the interviews supported. Visibly satisfied with this interview, the head of the French diplomatic mission in Cameroon told the press that with President Paul Biya, he gave an overview of the cooperation between the two countries.

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At the forefront of the topics discussed, the “new summit” on climate that takes place next week in Paris with the announced participation of a hundred world leaders. According to Gilles Thibault, this meeting, to which the Cameroonian head of state is invited, aims to “go further concretely in the fight against climate change, two years after the Paris Agreement”.

At the instigation of the head of state, Cameroon ranks among the first nations to have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement on the climate at the end of the conference COP 21 which held in the French capital from November 30 to December 12, 2015.

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The two high-ranking officials then reviewed Cameroon’s economic situation in recent months. Paul Biya and Gilles Thibault especially expressed their satisfaction with the opening last Tuesday in Douala of the “Carrefour Market” shopping center. This is, according to the French diplomat, a commercial space that will promote local products of livestock, agriculture and fishing.

“This investment foreshadows the construction of” Carrefour “hypermarkets in Douala and Yaounde and will generate many direct and indirect jobs for the benefit of Cameroonian youth,” he says.

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After taking stock of the participation of the Cameroonian Head of State at the recent African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Paul Biya and Gilles Thibault exchanged views on the socio-political situation in Cameroon.

In particular, they analyzed the measures taken to end the unrest in the North West and South West regions. For the French ambassador in Cameroon, “no claim can justify the assassination of the defense and security forces”.

The head of state took the opportunity to pay tribute to the French culture: the singer Johnny Halliday and the writer Jean d’Ormesson, all died this week.

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