French President Emmanuel Macron (C) takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at Jomo Kenyatta memorial in Nairobi on March 13, 2019, on the first day of a state visit to Kenya. AFP / Ludovic MARIN
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French firms signed contracts in Kenya worth some 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) during a visit on Thursday by President Emmanuel Macron, who wants to deepen France's economic ties with Anglophobe East Africa.Macron's visit to Nairobi is the first by a French president since Kenya won independence from Britain in 1963 and follows stopovers in Ethiopia and Djibouti -- all countries where China has moved in aggressively and presents stiff competition.Kenya is east Africa's most advanced economy with a liberal business environment and entrepreneurial culture.French exports to Kenya in 2017 amounted to between $170 million and $225.80 million, while China, Kenya's number one trading partner, exported goods worth $3.8 billion.
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