Michael Shurkin is Director of Programs at 14 North Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in African affairs.
The FIGARO. - In Niger, why does the United States mark its difference with the France?
Michael SHURKIN. - I think the Americans are increasingly realizing that the France's position is not productive. By aligning with her, we reap what she sows. The United States has sympathy for what the France is saying in Niger because both have invested heavily in President Mohamed Bazoum and in the security of the country, with a deployment of men, the construction of bases...
The France and the United States have the same interests and objectives. But, despite everything, it is also clear that the French positions do not give good results. We have seen it in Mali and the Central African Republic. Paris closes the doors and burns the bridges, without positive effect, and in addition, it opens the way to the Russians. The Americans are also reluctant to talk about a coup...
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