Paul Biya of Cameroon has the unenviable record of being one of the oldest presidents in the world. He is 87.
A lot of the time, Biya is sick and spends those periods in Switzerland, getting some of the best medical care available. Meanwhile, Cameroon is one of the world’s poorest places.
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But he enjoys so much support from France despite the fact that Biya oversees terrible state crimes against English-speaking citizens in Cameroon’s north.
Last week, after he condemned violence in northern Cameroon, French president Emmanuel Macron was asked why France supports Biya and other dictators.
Macron responded: “France has a complicated role in Africa. When France says a leader has not been democratically elected, Africans tell us: why are you meddling? I put pressure on everyone, I work with the African Union to put pressure.”