Patrick Durel to stay on as Macron's North Africa adviser
Conseiller chargé de l'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient à l'Elysée depuis 2020, Patrick Durel devrait voir sa mission prolongée.
With the assistance of lobbyist Omar Alaoui, Rabat is planning a jamboree for French MPs supportive of Morocco's claim to sovereignty over Western Sahara. It is likely to involve a flight on the inaugural Royal Air Maroc flight between Paris and Dakhla in June.
The Algerian foreign minister Sabri Boukadoum has paid a visit to the few, still pro-Polisario capitals in Africa with the hope of gaining room for manoeuvre on the matter of the disputed region. He came away disappointed.