Macron keen to do business with Ruto
France is adjusting its diplomatic strategy to fit with the new administration in Kenya, particularly in agriculture, as the current economic situation is making construction projects more difficult.
France is preparing to implement a new information warfare tool in Africa to counter Moscow's influence. This involves the creation of a task force within the foreign ministry and another within the ministry of armed forces, but also the use of private providers.
Christophe Farnaud, who was abruptly ousted from the French foreign ministry's North Africa and Middle East division (ANMO) in October amid tensions with the Elysée, has been appointed as a special envoy for the ministry.
Jean-Yves Le Drian was removed as foreign minister in the most recent reshuffle after more than ten successive years in the French government, first at defence and then at foreign affairs. This is a loss for numerous African leaders, for whom the minister from Brittany was their go-to contact in France.
The diplomatic team of Emmanuel Macron, who emerged top in the first round of the presidential elections on 10 April, is carrying on with its work as if nothing has happened. But behind the scenes, its future and especially that of its Africa unit, headed by Franck Paris since 2017, is the focus of much debate.