A specialist since the beginning of his career in questions of Franco-French political opinion, the current first secretary of the Socialist Party has probably not measured the waves of indignation aroused in recent months by the abrupt hexagonal analyzes African national situations. In fact, in front of Twitter, Saturday evening, Olivier Faure did not go there with the back of the spoon, when he undertook to comment on the Senegalese situation…
Senegalese democracy is trampled. The freedom to demonstrate is hampered, justice exploited. Opposition deputies DETHIE FALL, MAME DIARRA FAM, BARA DOLLY MBACKÉ and Mayor AMETH AÏDARA must be released#Free_Senegal #Stop_Macky_Sall
— Olivier Faure (@faureolivier) June 25, 2022
“Senegalese democracy is trampled on”: on the network of conciseness and buzz, the French politician does not mince his words, specifying that “the freedom to demonstrate is hampered” and “the justice instrumentalized” in the country of Teranga. The object of his anger is the detention, in particular for illicit assembly, of the deputies Déthié Fall, Mame Diarra Fam, Bara Dolly Mbacké and the mayor Ameth Aïdara who, according to the categorical terms of his tweet, “must be released”. The icing on the interference cake, he concludes his post with a #Stop_Macky_Sall.
As of Sunday, leaders of the Senegalese majority react, obviously mouthing the anti-colonialist trumpet which usually befits the socialists. For the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Olivier Faure gave in to the “paternalistic reflexes of lesson givers”, which inevitably arise when it comes to commenting on the situation “of a country formerly colonized”. The spokesperson for the presidential coalition Benno Book Yaakar, Papa Mahaw Diouf, drives the point home by evoking a “mental neocolonialism”. The president of the majority parliamentary group, Aymerou Gningue, intends to seize the parliamentary friendship group France-Senegal.
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Certainly, Olivier Faure needs to distract himself with international news. Since joining the French Socialist Party, the score of the PS in the presidential election has been divided by 30 –1.75% of the vote for Anne Hidalgo in 2022 against 51.76% for François Mitterrand in 1981 – and the number of deputies by 10 – 28 currently against 285 at the beginning of the 80s. The first secretary has therefore attempted a lyrical flight worthy of the era of the conquering Socialist International. Even if he is the son of a member of the Senegalese Socialist Party, President Macky Sall is more of a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, which allows Olivier Faure to imagine his opponents in the left ideological camp…
Does the exclusive summoning of neocolonialism in the reactions of the Senegalese majority, after Saturday’s tweet, constitute a somewhat short answer, or even a smokescreen? By not going into the merits of the case mentioned, the members of the Senegalese executive will have no trouble invoking the separation of powers. And Olivier Faure to read some warm Senegalese tweets in response to his like: “thank you for talking about what is happening in Senegal. Under the protection of Macron, Macky “Sale” believes everything powerful »…