French President Emmanuel Macron (L) is welcomed by Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore (R) at Ouagadougou airport, Burkina Faso November 27, 2017. / AFP / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER
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Three civilians were wounded in Burkina Faso on Monday after a grenade was thrown at French troops shortly before President Emmanuel Macron touched down for the start of his first Africa tour.Macron flew into Ouagadougou three hours later for a trip that will take in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast -- two former French colonies that deposed strongmen leaders in recent years -- as well as to Ghana.On Wednesday he will visit a giant solar power plant in Burkina Faso, the largest in West Africa, before departing for the Ivorian capital Abidjan where the fifth Europe-Africa summit will bring together more than 80 leaders from the two continents.Some of Burkina Faso's youth have taken to social media ahead of Macron's visit to voice displeasure over his trip and France's perceived interference in its former African colonies.
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