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Little inclined to support N'Djamena directly under the rule of Idriss Déby, the European Union has agreed to provide exceptional budgetary assistance to Chad at a time when its finances are in especially poor shape.
Chad is scrambling to resolve the issue of its sovereign debt as quickly as possible before having to pay any further interest, which was suspended for almost two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Between now and 2025, the surplus stock of the French army will increasingly be channelled towards the coastal states in the Gulf of Guinea, which are contending with the spread of armed groups from the Sahel.
Abderrahmane Hassan Déby Itno, a nephew of the late president Idriss Déby, has secured a long-haul business jet for the Chadian transitional authorities to travel around on official business. The low-profile businessman has long played an important role in public procurement.
As it ramps up its air operations against rebel groups in Libya at the same time as battling in the Sahel amid France's military drawdown there, Chad reckons France and the EU are falling short in their support.
At their nadir in the summer of last year, relations [...]