Emmanuel Macron’s presence at the funeral of dictator Idriss Déby sends a clear signal: France is endorsing the dynastic coup in the name of so-called stability. For Survie, this symbol sweeps away all the communication efforts of the Elysée, showing in a lucid way the continuity of Françafrique, always using the same arguments.
As soon as Idriss Déby’s death was announced, a junta of officers led by his son Mahamat Idriss Déby seized power and created a transitional military council that brought together members of the former presidential clan. While the opposition parties « reject any monarchical devolution of power in Chad » and « call for the establishment of a transition led by civilians », France, a loyal ally of the dictatorial regimes that succeeded one another in Chad, legitimises this transitional military council. The official French discourse is playing dumb by calling for a transition to « inclusive governance » and a return to civilian institutions, while this takeover by force goes against democratic principles.
For Emma Cailleau, spokesperson for Survie: « Despite Emmanuel Macron’s announcements to seduce African youth, the support for this dynastic dictatorship is the worst proof of the continuity of Françafrique. The Elysée may well organise pseudo-debates moderated by Achille Mbembe, but it will only be able to observe the logical rise in « anti-French » sentiment: this, in the sense of a rejection of this cynical policy, is entirely legitimate. «
In view of the France-Africa summit scheduled for July in Montpellier, the Elysée is trying to capitalise on the announcement effects around a pseudo-reform of the CFA franc in West Africa, the restitution of certain African art objects or the transmission of archives to the Burkinabe justice system.
You have to put this event into a long perspective to understand it properly, » explains Emma Cailleau. By supporting the ongoing dynastic succession in the name of « stability » and as a bulwark against an enemy of our country, Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Yves Le Drian are taking up a classic argument of support for Franco-African dictatorships since the 1960s. «
The French president is travelling to N’Djamena to endorse the new regime and ensure his alliance for the maintenance of the French military apparatus in the Sahel, in which the Chadian army plays an indispensable role. Entangled for a decade in a so-called war against terrorism in the Sahel, France is dealing with this coup d’état in an attempt to save its own military strategy in Africa.