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Focus AFRICAFRANCE Africa Intelligence 28/05/2018

Beijing's dynamism leaves the Quai d'Orsay floundering

In the run-up to the next China-Africa summit, which is due to take place in Beijing in September, the French foreign office has been issuing a flurry of briefings on Africa's disaffection with French cooperation initiatives and its growing preference for loans from Beijing. This shift is already well under way in the business sphere and is leaving Paris out in the cold. [...]
In debt with Beijing, Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, here with Xi Jinping.
In debt with Beijing, Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, here with Xi Jinping. ©Reuters
In the run-up to the next China-Africa summit, which is due to take place in Beijing in September, the French foreign office has been issuing a flurry of briefings on Africa's disaffection with French cooperation initiatives and its growing preference for loans from Beijing. This shift is already well under way in the business sphere and is leaving Paris out in the cold. [...]
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