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French president Hollande begins African tour

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — French President Francois Hollande arrives in Senegal for his first visit to Africa, choosing the same capital where five years ago, his predecessor delivered a speech that was viewed as deeply insulting to Africans.

Hollande, who defeated ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy in May, vowed on the eve of his departure that he was "coming to write a new page in France's relations with Africa." Though he also said that he "is not coming to make a speech which will erase a previous one."

When Sarkozy visited Senegal in 2007, he said the African man "had not yet entered into history" and still lived according to the rhythms of the seasons. People attending his speech were so insulted that several got up and walked out.

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