AFRICA FRANCE

Steep Africa learning curve for new armed forces minister Lecornu

French Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecornu (left) with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on 16 July 2022 in Abidjan.
French Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecornu (left) with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on 16 July 2022 in Abidjan. © Issouf Sanogo/AFP
Unfamiliar with the continent and without a specialist Africa adviser to hand, France's new armed forces minister Sébastien Lecornu is nevertheless faced with pressing African matters in his in-tray, not least the situation in the Sahel. With the support of an international relations unit, he is looking to create a multidisciplinary team capable of adopting a fresh approach to the continent. [...] (977 words)
Issue dated 30/09/2022 Reading time 4 minutes

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