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Macron in Kenya, 1st French leader there since independence

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting as part of the "great national debate" on ecology matters in Greoux Les Bains, south of France, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, Pool)

NAIROBI, Kenya — French President Emmanuel Macron will be in Kenya today in the first visit by a French leader since the East African nation’s independence in 1963.

This is the latest stop in Macron’s Africa tour, followed by Ethiopia and Djibouti, focusing on investment and security in a region of increasing strategic importance.

The French leader is attending a U.N. environmental meeting and One Planet Summit in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Macron’s office says that Kenya is the only African nation to reach the goal of making renewable energy 75 per cent of its energy mix.

The office also notes the ongoing threat to Kenya from extremism. Al-Shabab is in neighbouring Somalia.

French business leaders are also travelling with Macron. Kenya is East Africa’s commercial hub.

The Associated Press