The Decline of French Influence in Africa: Turmoil and Power Struggles Unveiled

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has managed to hold onto power despite a tumultuous tenure.

During his presidency, Macron has faced challenges such as the Yellow Vests protests, widespread opposition to his Pension reform, and race riots following a police killing during a traffic stop.

His foreign policy record has also been difficult, with unsuccessful mediation efforts in the Ukraine conflict and being snubbed at the BRICS meeting, damaging his international standing.

However, the most significant blow to French influence has been the decline in West Africa, especially in the Sahel region.

Many former French colonies in West Africa are distancing themselves from Paris’ influence, raising concerns about potential conflicts in the region.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), led by France’s ally Nigeria, has pledged to intervene to “restore democracy” in Niger.

Meanwhile, Gabon, another country on the verge of severing ties with France, has experienced a coup d’état.

Despite these challenges, Macron remains defiant. He has refused to recall France’s ambassador to Niger, who was asked to leave by the ruling junta.

Macron has dismissed concerns about the potential dangers of standing up to the junta, asserting that France is not Niger’s enemy. However, the junta is exploiting popular grievances against France, the former colonial ruler, and seeking assistance from the Russian mercenary group, Wagner.

In oil-rich Gabon, military officers have seized power and placed President Ali Bongo under house arrest. While this move was celebrated by some in the streets of Libreville, the Gabonese capital, it was condemned by the African Union and France.

The coup in Gabon adds to the growing list of military takeovers in Africa, including Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Chad.

The situation in Niger continues to escalate.

Both the ECOWAS countries demanding the reinstatement of President Bazoum and the coup leaders demanding the departure of the French ambassador have been ignored, further complicating the situation.

In addition, the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Mali, known as MINUSMA, is being rapidly expelled from the country due to deteriorating security conditions.

Today, French influence in Africa is facing significant challenges, with military coups and diplomatic standoffs threatening the once formidable French presence.

As Macron navigates these turbulent waters, the world watches with bated breath.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.

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