The man who advises Gérald Darmanin on Africa
When he arrives in Dakar on 20 December, the French Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin will once more be accompanied by his adviser, Alexandre Diebolt, who has been at his side since this summer.
Aminata Touré has become one of the government's fiercest critics and no longer hides her ambitions for Senegal's 2024 election. The former prime minister may found her own party and has powwowed with disgruntled majority members in order to develop a strategy.
Senegal's military bigwigs are unhappy at a recent overhaul of the army hierarchy. The President's veteran aide-de-camp, Meissa Cellé Ndiaye, is suspected of placing his favourite as the new army chief of staff, even as the president himself is facing accusations of nepotism.
As jihadist groups intensify their push towards the countries of the Gulf of Guinea, the Senegalese president is banking on the DRN intelligence agency to contain the threat. The DRN, which was caught off guard by major riots last year, is also expected to anticipate any unrest in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.
The Alliance pour la République (APR), the party that carried Macky Sall to victory in the last two presidential elections, is faced with major internal dissensions. Apart from wars between party leaders, the APR is struggling to maintain party unity at its local branches.