Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Did Cameroonian President Paul Biya Broadcast A Fake Letter From Emmanuel Macron?

The case of congratulatory letter attributed to Emmanuel Macron and published by Paul Biya on Tweeter and his Facebook page remains totally unclear. 'Check News' that comes with the newspaper Libération investigated on this issue.

Many netizens wrongly assured that the congratulatory missive of the French president to his Cameroon counterpart was a fake.

The news fell on October 22: for the seventh time in a row, Paul Biya is elected president of Cameroon. A position he has held since 1982.

Since this reelection, the Twitter account @PR_Paul_Biya shares congratulatory letters from other foreign heads of state. This account is not "certified" but it would be that of Biya. At least, it communicates in the same way as the Facebook page of the Cameroonian president, who is it "certified", so authentic.
Emmanuel Macron
A letter - published both on Paul Biya's Facebook and Twitter pages - caught the attention of Internet users. It bears the signature of Emmanuel Macron, and congratulates the Cameroonian president for his re-election.

Internet users doubt the veracity of this missive. First, according to them, because the signature does not look like the one we know of Emmanuel Macron. Also because it does not include the coat of arms of the French Republic. Finally because there is no trace of such communication on the websites of the French diplomacy or the French presidency.

Contacted by CheckNews, the Elysee confirms the authenticity of the letter. It is specified that it was not intended to be made public, which explains why there is no trace elsewhere.
The Presidency makes some clarifications "This is not a simple letter of congratulations. As in all protocol mail, there is also a message addressed to the recipient. "It comes down to three points, each one in one paragraph.

The Elysee insists on the "renewal in continuity" that is mentioned in the letter, to "meet the aspirations of the youths." The Palace also highlights the mention in the missive of the "fight against Boko Haram" and the "deep concern" of France about the English-speaking areas of Cameroon.

For its part, the Cameroonian presidency did not respond to CheckNews' requests.

Via Liberation
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