French Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, has reiterated the need to uphold the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. During a press conference in Accra, Ghana, where she is on an official visit, Zacharopoulou emphasized that France and the European Union consider protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ people as a core value. She further stated that advocating for LGBTQ+ rights is a part of her ministry’s mandate and that wherever she goes in Africa, she will continue to promote respect for all individuals, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.
Zacharopoulou’s comments are similar to those made by US Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to Ghana, where she emphasized that LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. However, the timing of Zacharopoulou’s comments coincides with Ghana’s potential passage of an anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, which would outlaw all forms of support for the LGBTQI+ community and impose jail terms for individuals engaging in same-sex relations. This bill mirrors similar legislation in over 30 African countries, where many political leaders have openly opposed LGBTQ+ orientation.