French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that he will call Cameroonian President Paul Biya on Monday to pile pressure so as to end the killings of civilians by soldiers.
Macron decried the “intolerable human rights violations” taking place in the West African country, a week after 22 people were killed by gunmen in military fatigues in a village at the heart of a separatist insurgency.
Macron was reacting after a man in the crowd at a farm show in Paris challenged him about the killings.
“I will call President Biya next week and we will put maximum pressure so that the situation ends,” Macron said.
When the man in the crowd shouted: “France must not support dictators,” Macron replied: “France has a complicated role in Africa. When France says a leader has not been democratically elected, Africans tell us: why are you meddling? I put pressure on everyone, I work with the African Union to put pressure.”
Gunmen in military uniforms and masks killed 22 people in a Feb. 14 attack in a village in western Cameroon, shooting women and children and burning others in their homes, the United Nations said on Monday.