Ouattara makes key new appointments at his embassy in Paris
Following his appointment of a new consul general at the French embassy in Paris in February, Alassane Ouattara has promoted one of his generals as head of the military mission there.
Lawyers, entrepreneurs, military officers, researchers... while the presidential candidate's campaign has strong anti-immigration overtones, geared especially at those of African descent, that has not stopped him from gathering a posse of advisers used to dealing with those in power on the continent.
As relations between Bamako and Paris continue to sour, France wants the EU to slap sanctions on several Malian officials seen to be rocking the boat ahead of next year's presidential poll. Meanwhile, ECOWAS is considering similar punitive measures.
Discreetly but insistently, France is working with its Western and African partners to prevent the junta going into partnership with Russian paramilitary group Wagner. Meanwhile, ECOWAS, egged on by Macron, is considering slapping sanctions on Mali's new leaders.
Invited by the French president to attend a ceremony in honour of the ex-MD of the IMF Michel Camdessus, to whom he is very close, the Ivorian president will try to raise the issue of budgetary cooperation, which has been the source of recent frictions between Paris and Abidjan.