Arrived the evening before in Côte d’Ivoire, Jean-Yves le Drian visited, Thursday morning, the International Academy for the fight against terrorism in Jacquesville, an hour’s drive from the capital Abidjan. A Franco-Ivorian project launched in the wake of the jihadist attack which brought mourning to the seaside resort of Grand Bassam in 2016. The recent massacre of 160 civilians in Burkina Faso, where the French Minister of Foreign Affairs will visit tomorrow, increases jihadist pressure on the countries of the Gulf of Guinea. And France hears that Abidjan is giving the signal for a regional leap. “Politically, the Ivorian government has understood the threat but there is a need to take action, especially since the army has reintegrated the rebels (Editor’s note: therefore, it is not considered very reliable). And that the political class obsessed by its games does not care ”, confided to us a diplomat.
Jihadist cells against a background of social misery
Anticipating President Macron’s statements on the adaptation of the Barkhane device, Le Drian therefore sent a message of firmness to President Ouattara while insisting that the response could not only be military. Real economic lung of West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, which has emerged from its political troubles and awaits the return of ex-President Gbagbo, cleared by the International Court as a symbol of reconciliation, is late on its neighbors for social indicators. Particularly in the northeast on the border with Burkina-Faso where jihadist cells are developing against a background of social misery. A formidable challenge for a 78-year-old president whose two previous prime ministers are dead, which condemns him to continue pacifying the country while he aspired to retirement and not to a third term.
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