Emmanuel Macron makes Jean-Marie Bockel his personal envoy to Africa

Emmanuel Macron makes Jean-Marie Bockel his personal envoy to Africa

Le président français, Emmanuel Macron, à l’Élysée, le  5 février 2024. © Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée on February 5, 2024. © Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Published on February 6, 2024

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The French president entrusted Nicolas Sarkozy's former Secretary of State for Cooperation with the task of “explaining” to partner countries hosting French bases – Senegal, Cote of Ivory, Gabon and Chad – “the reasons and modalities of these upcoming adaptations” of the French diplomatic-military system, “while listening to their needs " in terms of training, cooperation and equipment, he wrote in a letter that RFI and AFP were able to consult.

After a series of coups au Mali (2020, 2021), Burkina Faso (2022), then Niger (2023), the military juntas that came to power in these countries pushed out the French army, marking la end of an era, after a decade of anti-jihadist intervention in a region where the security situation continues to deteriorate.

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Jean-Marie Bockel pushed to resign

À la following these disappointments in the Sahel, France has undertaken to reorganize its presence in Africa and intends to significantly reduce its military personnel in all areas. country where it still operates – except in Djibouti – in favor of a more discreet presence. The contours of this reorganization were defined during a council meeting de defense, in December 2023, according to corroborating sources.

Jean-Marie Bockel will have to submit his recommendations to the Élysée in July.

The former minister had to abandon Cooperation in March 2008 for having criticized “Françafrique”, this system of corruption, political co-optation and commercial preserves between Paris and its experienced colonies.

Former senator, Jean-Marie Bockel lost his son Pierre, an officer in the French army, in the collision of two helicopters in Mali, in December 2019.

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