[Ed. – Asked and answered. Her name is Amy Coney Barrett, and she is destined be on the Supreme Court.]
Emmanuel Macron has said many African women would choose to have smaller families if they had greater access to education and family planning.
The French president, who has come under fire over his views on Africa in the past, added that the future for the continent’s young people must be to stay in a revitalised Africa, and insisted it was “pure bullshit” to suggest he was telling African people from New York what to do with their lives.
“One of the critical issues of African demography is that this is not chosen fertility,” said Macron, speaking at the Gates Foundation’s “goalkeepers” event on the margins of the UN general assembly in New York.
“I always say: ‘Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children. Please present me with the young girl who decided to leave school at 10 in order to be married at 12.’”
He added: “This is just because a lot of girls were not properly educated, sometimes because these countries decided the rights of these girls were not exactly the same rights as the young man. That is not acceptable”.