FRANCE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Issue dated 05/05/2021

Russia's presence further widens wedge in Paris-Bangui axis

Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the 2019 Russia-Africa summit in Sochi.
Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the 2019 Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. ©Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP
Cuts to French aid, a freeze on military cooperation... relations between Paris and Bangui continue to cool. France suspects several of Touadéra's close advisors of waging anti-French campaigns while Russia is not far from the picture. [...] (994 words)
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