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Macron's Cameroon visit will bolster Biya

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


Macron’s choice of Cameroon marks a shift in his African approach compared to his first term in which he was highly critical of Cameroonian President Paul Biya’s treatment of opposition figures and human rights record.


  • The visit, along with Macron's trip to Benin, may set the stage for French rapprochement with Gabon and Togo.
  • Closer French ties to authoritarian governments in West Africa could aggravate regional anti-French sentiment.
  • Biya will likely avoid seeking assistance from Wagner mercenaries as this would jeopardise his Western security ties.

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