Emmanuel Macron’s visit from July 25 to 27 will be the seventh by a French head of state since 1960.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Cameroon in 1960, almost all French Presidents under the 5th Republic have stayed in Yaoundé. Before his stay at the Élysée (1959-1969), it was the founder of the 5th Republic in 1958, General Charles de Gaulle, who opened the ball for visits in March 1953, after the end of the Second World War. He stayed in Yaoundé and Douala, long before the independence of Cameroon in 1960.

But the first official visit of a French head of state to Cameroon was made on February 9, 1971 by Georges Pompidou. He was received by his counterpart Ahmadou Ahidjo. His successor Valéry Giscard d’Estaing visited Cameroon from February 8 to 10, 1979. He was followed by his successor François Mitterrand on June 20, 1983, under the era of the Renewal of Paul Biya.

Jacques Chirac visited twice. First in July 1999. During this first stay, he stayed in Yaoundé and cut short his visit to Douala and Garoua because of his sudden departure for Morocco after the death of King Hassan II. Then in January 2001. The last visit of a French President dates back to July 3, 2015 with François Hollande. At the end of his stay, four financing agreements for development projects estimated at 76 billion FCFA were signed. Emmanuel Macron’s visit is therefore the seventh by a French head of state to Cameroon.