Pope Benedict meets Cameroon's president, Paul Biya, and his family
Several EU states have criticised Pope Benedict for saying that the use of condoms could endanger public health and increase the problem of HIV/Aids.
The Pope argued that distribution of condoms aggravated the problem, rather than helping to contain the virus, as he began a visit to Africa this week.
France's foreign ministry said condoms were fundamental to prevention.
German ministers said it was irresponsible to withhold family planning from the poorest of the poor.
The Roman Catholic Church believes marital fidelity and sexual abstinence are the best way to prevent the spread of HIV.
Some 22 million people are infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UN figures for 2007.
This amounts to about two-thirds of the global total.
French foreign ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier said: "While it is not up to us to pass judgment on Church doctrine, we consider that such comments are a threat to public health policies and the duty to protect human life."
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