In the game of the upheaval of the current geopolitical fair, French targets are particularly targeted in French-speaking African countries known to be Russophiles. “Symbols” and “leaks” are the two breasts of this French anti-politics campaign. The symbol that the Central African Ministry of Foreign Affairs has just attacked is the “deanship”, a principle which grants the High Representative of France to the Central African Head of State the status of dean of the diplomatic corps accredited in Bangui, and this since 1960.
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This is a letter from Sylvie Baïpo-Témon, holder of morocco central african of Foreign Affairs, which announces the end of this French diplomatic privilege in the Central African Republic (CAR)…
The confiscated advantage is only symbolic, of course, but it still looks like a snub. And Central African diplomacy to attenuate France’s desire for public humiliation by first evoking a leak. Although real, the letter would not have been “intended to be made public”, according to a close friend of the signatory minister, the said source blacklisting a “dysfunction” attributed to a Central African official qualified as ” unprofessional”.
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Unidentified diplomat, unexpected leak and indirect explanations: international relations professionals know that indiscretions of this type are often stitched together in white thread. Even if this leak, deployed in two stages, has the clumsiness of a mess. Posted on social networks, a first version of the letter was full of mistakes, before being replaced by an amended version…
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Self-cleared of the public dissemination of the recent letter, Central African diplomacy also minimizes the anti-French resentment betrayed by the document, specifying that it is basically the behavior of Jean-Marc Grosgurin, the current French ambassador in Bangui, which is the cause. Particular mention is made of “disrespectful attitudes” and a taste for “disinformation and denunciation”.
This “whoever says it” game is unlikely to die down anytime soon.
The ambassador nevertheless conforms to the instructions of the current French diplomacy which no longer intends to let pass what it considers to be false information and threats, in particular those relayed by organizations close to the Central African regime. And His Excellency Grosgurin to drive the point home with a tweet denouncing, after Minister Baïpo-Témon’s letter, “sterile, grotesque and misleading manipulations”…
@FranceBangui #RCA @francediplo Far from the sterile, grotesque and misleading manipulations broadcast ad nauseam, the 🇨🇵 remains committed to the 🇨🇫. Launch (7/11) with MinTravail and FP of the project @AFD_France “Maïengo ti a masseka” (hope for youth) to train 600 young people pic.twitter.com/HPEhTGPlgK
— Confluences (@Grosgurinjm) November 8, 2022
Whether or not France changes the main tenant of its embassy in Bangui, it is unlikely that this game of “whoever says who says it” applied to alternative truths will calm down quickly. After the cavalier dismissal of the President of the Supreme Court of CAR, the probable organization of a referendum on a third term for President Faustin-Archange Touadéra should not loosen the atmosphere…