For many, that Alassane Ouattara’s ascent to power alone was militarily aided by France means that the Ivorian president is a stooge. That may be unfair but it is not a silly opinion.
France has a penchant for picking a side in African conflicts, defending that side and expecting loyalty in return. Also, accusations against Ouattara, as a man who is too pro-France, were way before his 2010 contestations with Laurent Gbagbo.
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President Ouattara has defended himself on the charges of loving France. But if he is also defiantly advocating pegging the new Eco currency against the Euro, he is not changing perceptions anytime soon.