Do you want to fight against pollution? Do you want that development be sustainable, that the current generations should no longer live to the detriment of future generations, that every country should pay the real cost of what it consumes and that clean technologies are developed? It is for you to decide this. But if you decide, France will be at your side.
Do you want peace on the African continent, collective security, the peaceful settlements of conflicts, an end to the infernal cycle of vengeance and of hate? It is for you, my African friends, to decide this. And if you decide (yes), France will be at your side like an unwavering friend, but France cannot want it in the place of Africa.
Do you want African unity? France also wants it because African unity will return Africa to the Africans.
What France wants with Africa is to confront the realities head-on, to conduct policies of reality and not policies of myths anymore.
What France wants to do with Africa is co-development, that is to say shared development.
France wants to have joint projects with Africa, joint centres of competitivity, joint universities and joint laboratories.
What France wants to do with Africa is to design a joint strategy within the globalisation process.
What France wants to do with Africa is a jointly negotiated policy on immigration, decided together so that African youth can be received in France and in all of Europe with dignity and respect.
What France wants to do with Africa is an alliance between French and African youth so that the world of tomorrow will be a better one.
What France wants to do with Africa is to prepare the advent of Eurafrique, this great common destiny that awaits Europe and Africa.
To those in Africa who regard with suspicion the great project of the Mediterranean Union that France has proposed to all countries bordering the Mediterranean, I want to say that in France’s spirit it is not at all about side-lining Africa, which extends south of the Sahara. On the contrary it is about making this Union the pivotal point of Eurafrique, the first stage of the greatest dream of peace and prosperity that Europeans and Africans are capable of conceiving together.
My dear friends, the black child of Camara Laye on his knees in the silence of the African night will know and understand that he can raise his head and look with confidence to the future. And this black child of Camara Laye will feel in himself the two parts of himself reconciled. And he will at last feel himself to be a human being like all members of humanity.
I thank you.
Originally apeared in dionysus stoned.