The UN Security Council is considering a French-led resolution that would overhaul the arms embargo regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Paris has had to revise its initial plan in the face of reluctance from London and Washington.
Following a six-month selection process, French gendarmerie general Bettina Boughani has been appointed by the United Nations' Department of Peace Operations to take charge of the United Nations Police unit within the UN's MINUSMA mission in Mali.
The MINUSMA has set 17 August as the date for the issue of its tender call for a private contractor to operate ISR aircraft over a period of three to five years, attracting companies such as CAE Aviation, Air Attack Technologies, Leonardo and MAG Aerospace.
What with the presidency of the UN Security Council, the renewal of MINUSMA's mandate and the Coalition for the Sahel in June, and the G5 Sahel summit in early July in Mauritania, the Sahel region is set to keep French diplomats very busy during the next few weeks.
The organisation of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's trip to Xinjiang was entrusted by Xi Jinping to Vice Premier Wang Yang, whose political destiny could hinge on the mission's success.