France-Russia: Ouattara, Goïta, Sassou Nguesso…The targets and allies of Paris and Moscow

By Vincent Duhem
Posted on Tuesday, 6 September 2022 10:45

Photo by JA/TAR

On the continent, each state seems to be ranked according to its position on the conflict in Ukraine as well as its proximity to the former colonial power on the one hand and the Kremlin on the other.

In this sort of relationship cartography being played out between France, Russia and the various African states, it is no surprise to see Mali’s Assimi Goïta and Central Africa’s Faustin-Archange Touadéra benefitting from Moscow’s good graces. Both countries host mercenaries from the Russian company Wagner on their soil and regularly attack French interests. Conversely, they find themselves especially targeted by France, which has lost the influence it long had in Bamako and Bangui.