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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Paul Biya-François Hollande: The Unexpected at Elysée

President Biya who is on an official visit to France has not had a face-face meeting with French President François Hollande as predicted by bookmakers. The unexpected that President Biya could not hold a face-face meeting with French President is about to enter into books.  Although President Biya has been to Elysée, sources say the French Protocol opted for a meeting between the two delegations at the Elysée. According to a statement from the presidency of the Republic of Cameroon President Biya is visiting France at the invitation of French President François Hollande. President Paul Biya is in France since Monday, January 28, 2013 where he held talks with his French counterpart January 30, 2013 and took part, January 31, 2013, the World Economic Forum Franco-Cameroonian ... with a strong delegation of more than 20 people, including 12 ministers.As days go by, it is not yet clear why French President could not have a face-face meeting with President Paul Biya.
Yet allegations are rife that François had no regard for his visitor reasons why a lightweight protocol was put in place when President Biya arrived  Elysée for the two delegations to discuss on economic issues and others.  Sources hinted that the embarrassment of the Cameroonian delegation was so great that they wondered why French President could only sit and discuss with them for only 32 minutes.
However, President Biya is also reported to have had fruitful discussions with some key personalities especially those in charge of economic and the private sector. More so, he also held another meeting with more than a hundred French entrepreneurs, led by the former Minister Michel Roussin. With a hundred branches and about 200 businesses owned by French citizens, France has one of the largest foreign investors in Cameroon. As part of his efforts to push investors to flock the country, Paul Biya also granted series of audiences to French political leaders and individual business magnets including Olivier STIRN of Cabinet Conseil Edifice on February 1, 2013. 
President Biya also granted audience with Cameroonians based in France who according to what we gathered are lobbying for the creation of a Ministry for the Diasporas.


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