The Americans are trying to sound out the French authorities discreetly to see if they would be prepared to deploy troops and/or air forces to Iraq. The aim is to fight against terrorism and to ward off attempts by ISIS to return in force. But also to fill the gap left by the American disengagement, in order to prevent the pro-Iranian militias from reversing the balance of power with the Baghdad government.
The Elysée is preparing a major international conference on African debt, to be held in Paris on May 17 and 18. About twenty African heads of State are expected and several regional and international powers are invited, including China and Japan, which are heavily involved in the debt of African countries.
French investigations following the banning of the Islamist NGO Barakacity and the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) have revealed close links with the MIT (Turkish secret service).
To avoid the criticism levelled at his predecessor, Xavier Driencourt, the new French ambassador in Algiers, François Gouyette, is said to have received confidential instructions from the Elysée Palace forbidding him to receive or meet representatives of the Hirak, the popular protest movement demanding regime change in Algeria.
According to our sources, the Elysée also demanded a change of diplomatic personnel in Algiers, imposing in particular on the new ambassador the arrival of a new political adviser, in the person of Souhire Medini, who has a double advantage: a perfect Arabic speaker, she also has strong diplomatic connections in Africa.
The French subsidiaries of the Moroccan bank Chaabi Bank are at the heart of an investigation by Tracfin, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance’s agency in charge of the fight against tax fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing.
The investigations concern in particular accounts belonging to people close to the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to a confidential French memo, cadres of the Algerian Islamist movement Rachad were discreetly received by the MIT (Turkish secret services) in Antalya and Istanbul. The Rashad emissaries were promised financial and logistical assistance to strengthen their propaganda activities.
The proposal made to Morocco by the former Trump administration to establish an Africom (United States Africa Command) relay base there has angered the Algerian authorities at the highest level.