French president wants permanent seat for Africa on UN

President Nicolas Sarkozy says it’s “completely abnormal” that Africa has no permanent seat on the UN Security Council in a fast-changing world in which the continent has a vital role to play.

Opening the Africa-France summit with 38 African leaders, Sarkozy said on Monday that “Africa is our future” and will be a principle reservoir for world growth in the decades to come.

The 25th Africa-France summit coincides with the 50th anniversary of independence for 14 former French colonies. It marks a new era of ties – for Sarkozy, it means a partnership of friends.

France is pressing for a permanent place for Africa on the Security Council and said the system must be reformed to make room there and in other forums of world governance, like the G20.

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