Sunday, February 28, 2021

France relies on continuity in Niger | Africa | DW


Less than a month before the second round of the presidential election in Niger, the candidate of the Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-Taraya) in power, Mohamed Bazoum had stayed in Paris, at the same time as the outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou.

In the French capital, the former Nigerien Minister of the Interior had several meetings with the press and political and diplomatic figures. This visit was criticized by the opposition, which saw it as tacit support from Paris for candidate Mohamed Bazoum.

Among these voices, you could hear on our antenna Fah Aminatou Adamou, the coordinator of the organization “Action Standing Niger” (see audio link below).

France would prefer the opponent Mahamane Ousmane rather to bet on continuity with the election of the former Minister of the Interior and Foreign Affairs, which would be in line with the diplomatic policy of his mentor, Mohamadou Issoufou. This is the point of view defended by Vincent Hugeux, independent journalist, essayist and teacher at Sciences-Po.

Vincent Hugeux publishes on March 4, 2021 at Perrin editions his next essay, “Tyrants of Africa, The Mysteries of Postcolonial Despotism”, then, on March 18, the Pocket version, updated and enriched, of his biography of Muammar Gaddafi, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his fall in Libya.

Click on the photo (center) to listen to the interview.





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