The "re-articulation" of France's military presence in Africa, announced by President Macron in February, is taking shape. Plans to drastically reduce numbers at the country's permanent bases in West Africa are already well advanced.
France's armed forces minister Sébastien Lecornu will travel to Ivory Coast and Senegal in the coming days, though his schedule has yet to be finalised
Legal problems prevent the erstwhile foreign minister of Burkina Faso setting foot in his own country, but that hasn't stopped him discreetly advising junta leader Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. Thanks to his people skills, he is also doing diplomatic work in Qatar, Ivory Coast and Paris.