French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly asked the South African President to invite the BRICS Summit. Photo/Foreign Policy
PARIS – Newspaper France ,L’Opinion, reports the President Emmanuel Macron has requested an invitation to attend the Summit BRICS in Pretoria to the President south Africa (South Africa) Cyril Ramaphosa. It is the latest attempt by Macron to win over his African counterparts after previous attempts failed.
According to the L’Opinion report, citing sources in the Elysee palace, Macron raised the possibility of attending the BRICS summit during a phone call with Ramaphosa earlier this month.
According to one “knowledgeable” source, Ramaphosa did not deliver on his commitment.
“Presence at this summit was mentioned during the conversation between the two leaders, but Pretoria gave no indication whether or not to expand this meeting with other international leaders,” the source said as quoted by Russia Today, Wednesday (14/6/2023).
If Macron attends the summit, he will be the first leader of a G7 nation to do so. BRICS leaders and Macron appear to share a desire to overhaul the global financial and geopolitical order, with Macron hosting a conference in Paris next week aimed at overhauling the financial system to better benefit developing economies.
Ramaphosa himself will attend the conference, and the friendly encounter between him and Macron could set the stage for the French president to make history in Pretoria.
However, Macron’s relations with the rest of the BRICS bloc – Brazil, Russia, India and China – have been rocky at best, and Paris has sent mixed messages to these countries.
For example, Macron has called for peace negotiations in Ukraine and put himself forward as a potential mediator, but has backed a Ukrainian-drafted peace plan that Russia has flatly rejected, while continuing to send heavy weapons to Kiev.