French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) answers journalists' questions after a meeting with Socialist Party (PS) supporters on October 27, 2016 in Merignac, at the end of a visit in Gironde. / AFP / GEORGES GOBET
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls issued an appeal Sunday to overcome the legacy of slavery, dismissing claims for financial compensation while acknowledging the "horror" of the slave trade.Valls rejected the idea of compensation, instead advocating for strengthened trade relations between Africa and Europe.Valls argued against calls for reparations, rejecting the idea that Africa's history is solely defined by slavery.France abolished slavery in all its colonies in 1848 but only recognized slavery as a crime against humanity since 2001 .
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