Francophonie summit ends as Hollande ruffles Kabila's feathers
The Francophonie summit of French-speaking countries closed in Kinshasa on Sunday with a pledge to back the host country’s territorial integrity but after French President François Hollande had snubbed President Joseph Kabila by meeting his principal opponent and criticising a “lack of democracy” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“France stands with the defenders of human rights,” Hollande declared after meeting veteran DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi Saturday.
Tshisekedi declared himself “very satisfied” with his “brother”, whose Socialist Party, like his own UDPS, is a member of the Socialist International.
Hollande described his earlier meeting with Kabila as “frank and direct”, having repeatedly criticised an alleged lack of human rights in DRC before and during his visit.
The summit ended with a “Kinshasa Declaration”, which was set to touch on several sensitive subjects: