CNA Staff, Apr 14, 2020 / 07:10 am
French President Emmanuel Macron has echoed Pope Francis' call for debt relief for the world's poorest countries amid the coronavirus crisis.
In a televised address April 13, Macron appealed for debt cancellation "on a massive scale".
He said: "We must also be able to help our African neighbors to fight the virus more effectively, to help them economically too by canceling their debts on a massive scale."
"Yes, we will never win alone," he continued. "Because today, in Bergamo, Madrid, Brussels, London, Beijing, New York, Algiers and Dakar, we are mourning deaths from the same virus. So while our world will no doubt become fragmented, it is our responsibility to build new solidarity and cooperation today."