French President Emmanuel Macron is currently in Cameroon for the start of a three-nation tour of West Africa.
Persecondnews.com reports that the trip his first outside Europe since being re-elected will also take him to Benin and Guinea-Bissau. Mr Macron was welcomed at the airport in Yaounde at around 10:40pm by Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute.
Mr Macron is due to hold talks on Tuesday morning with his counterpart Paul Biya, 89, who has ruled Cameroon with an iron fist for nearly 40 years.
His visit comes at a time when former colonial power France has seen its influence decline in the face of China, India and Germany, particularly in the economic and commercial sectors.