Ethiopia And France Agreed Their First Military Cooperation Accord On Tuesday, A Deal That Includes Helping The Landlocked Nation Build A Navy, As Paris Seeks To Boost Economic Ties In Africa’s Second-Most Populous Country.

On A Four-Day Visit To The Horn Of Africa, President Emmanuel Macron Is Looking To Break From France’s Colonial History On The Continent And Nurture Relationships In A Region Where It Has Lagged Behind In Recent Years.

Macron Wants To Leverage A Mixture Of Paris’ Soft Power In Culture And Education And Its Military Know-How To Give It A Foothold At A Time When Ethiopia Is Opening Up.