Rabat-Paris ties frostier than ever
The tension between France and Morocco has worsened in recent weeks, with officials in Rabat now under orders not to receive Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier.
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Despite being far away in exile, former president Condé is still active on the Guinean political scene. Now based in Istanbul, he is relying on a handful of close supporters in Dakar and Conakry to help him weaken Mamady Doumbouya's junta.
Following intense negotiations, the coveted chairmanship of a new network of think tanks to support the AU peace and security commissioner Bankole Adeoye has been awarded to a Cairo-based policy institute close to the Egyptian foreign ministry.Sisi's African offensive
The Angolan president is continuing to revamp his diplomatic network around the world, with the heads of the main embassies expected to include technocrats, politicians and people close to foreign minister Tete António.
French and Israeli firms are among the contenders hoping to supply electronic listening and geolocation technology to Niger. A veteran military equipment broker known as Petit Boubé has agreed to pay for the equipment.
In a series of letters seen by Africa Intelligence, the ECOWAS Court of Justice and Guinean state lawyers go head-to-head over the detention of three senior figures who served under Alpha Condé. Among them is former prime minister Fofana, whose corruption trial is to begin on 20 March in Conakry.
The UN mission's human rights team will soon be publishing its findings regarding events in the Malian village of Moura last March, when between 200 and 600 civilians are thought to have been killed. The report points the finger directly at the Malian army and its Wagner allies.
The High Court in London has ended six weeks of hearings in an $11bn dispute between the government of Nigeria and engineering firm P&ID during which it was revealed that a key witness in the affair, James Nolan, has fled Nigeria over fears for his safety.
Franco-British oil junior Perenco wants to quickly sell its share in Atora field in Gabon for $50m, indicating it does not wish to work with the future owner of Assala Energy's majority share, which Carlyle is in the process of selling.
The discovery of major fraud in Trafigura's nickel business, which could cost the Swiss firm up to $577m, pushed its trader Socrates Economou towards the exit. Mehdi Wetterwald and Daniel von Arx are taking over from him and will head to DR Congo to secure the group's supplies of cobalt.
Africa Intelligence identifies four candidates to succeed Léopold Maxime Eko Eko. The head of the Directorate General of External Research was indicted on 4 March in the case of journalist Martinez Zogo's murder.
At least three French former officers now working in the private sector are providing logistical support to the Congolese army in the east - a source of embarrassment at the highest levels of the French state.
A high-level delegation from the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corp (CATIC) travelled last week to Kinshasa, accompanied by officers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA), to try to sell its JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to DR Congo.