Four African presidents who cannot get enough of France

Nii Ntreh Feb 25, 2020 at 12:30pm

February 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Opinions & Features

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

February 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Opinions & Features

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President Iddris Deby. Photo Credit:

Iddris Deby

In 2018, 67-year-old Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno, who came to power after a rebellion in 1990, booked 15 more years to his 28 years in power in constitutional reform.

The move was protested by any means that a suppressed people could. Yet, Deby prevailed, as he’s always done so thanks to support from France.

Last year, investigative media outfit African Intelligence reported that “French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is continuing to lobby in favour of the regime of Idriss Deby, a faithful partner of France whose position has been rendered fragile by a changing regional environment.”

President Deby is going nowhere soon, especially due to Islamic fundamentalist violence in the Sahel. In Deby, France has a trusted partner to keep boots on the ground.

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