Intelligence chief Vassiriki Traoré in Paris
Le chef de la Direction des services extérieurs (DSE) a discrètement séjourné en France fin février.
French Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin is due to conduct his first official visit to Ivory Coast on 25 September. He'll meet his Ivorian counterpart, Vagondo Diomandé, in Abidjan and later on 26 September he's expected to meet President Alassane Ouattara
The swift ousting this month of diplomat Christophe Farnaud, the head of the powerful North Africa and Middle East directorate at the French foreign ministry since 2019, was the result of a deepening rift between with the Elysée over key issues such as Libya and Lebanon.
The International Counter-Terrorism Academy in Jacqueville, Ivory Coast, is now fully operational and running at full speed, despite a slow start due to funding problems, and is in high demand as the threat of Islamist militants shifts to the South.
Between now and 2025, the surplus stock of the French army will increasingly be channelled towards the coastal states in the Gulf of Guinea, which are contending with the spread of armed groups from the Sahel.
The Ivorian defence minister recently awarded a $25m contract to the US firm Score Technologies to monitor the northern border of Ivory Coast in order to prevent attacks by armed groups. A setback for France's Thales, and a decision that was encouraged by Lacina Koné, Ouattara's former adviser on new technologies.
In anticipation of the gradual withdrawal of France's Operation Barkhane, American security advisors are focusing on modernising the capacities of the Sahel's armies as jihadist and rebel groups continue to destabilise the region.
After working together for more than twenty-five years, Victor Delerue and his son Axel will no longer represent Raidco Marine in West Africa. The dramatic end to their lengthy relationship was due to a spat with Raidco boss Jean-Michel Monnier.
Abidjan is considering deploying and coordinating border detection systems and land and air surveillance systems to push back incursions from rebel groups fighting in the Sahel. France's Thales and China's Huawei are competing against each other to win over the armed forces.
France's DGSE external intelligence service is trying to reduce turnover in its technical directorate (DT). It has hence begun warning potential recruits of its difficult working conditions in its job advertisements, hoping in this way to avoid disappointing young recruits with high potential.