A creditor of both N'Djamena and Brazzaville, the oil trading giant is facing two very different situations. In Chad, which is seeking debt relief under the terms of the G20's "common framework", Glencore will have to accept the terms negotiated by the country's sovereign creditors.
Over the last few months, China has been actively lobbying for the appointment of one of its diplomats to head the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). France has held this key post since 1997.
The French president has been trying to get China on board his summit of African economies for months but Beijing has yet to RSVP his invitation. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken should represent Joe Biden at the 18 May event, to which several African heads of state have been hastily invited at the last minute.
As the Agence Francaise de Dévelopement prepares to have its financial capacities increased by recently adopted development legislation, its head, Rémy Rioux, is putting his connections to work to convince African financial institutions to put greater emphasis on climate change in their development strategies.