France’s Macron says colonialism was ‘grave mistake’

French President Emmanuel Macron has said: “colonialism was a grave mistake,” and called for “turning the page” on the past during a visit to Ivory Coast, a former French colony in West Africa.
Macron, speaking in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan said France was often viewed as having a “hegemonistic view and the trappings of colonialism that was a grave mistake and a fault of the Republic.”
“I belong to a generation which was not” part of the colonial-era, he said.
It was not the first time that Macron expressed remorse on behalf of France over its colonial past. During his campaign for the presidency, he made headlines by referring to France’s colonization of Algeria as a “crime against humanity.”
Macron’s trip to the Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and France’s former main colony in West Africa came as regional leaders gathered to announce the renaming of the CFA Franc currency.