French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre has described Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's accusations on her country as "shameless lies."

While he was in the South African country of Eswatini, Lavrov said that France interfered in the domestic affairs of African nations and participated in the destruction of the Libyan state, and turned it into a black hole through which illegal immigrants, weapons and terrorists pass”.

Legendre said in a press conference on Thursday that her country's relationship with African countries is based on equal partnership with respect for sovereignty, and that France supports African countries against terrorism.