In the West, Vladimir Putin is most often described as an isolated, even “paranoid” leader, enjoying absolute power that dispenses him from consulting or listening to advisers. However, if it is obvious that Putin is an autocrat who has freed himself from any counter-power, there are advisors in his “first circle” who are known for their moderation and others who are openly warmongers.
It is a real hold-up operated by the Islamist associations affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, which got their hands on a gigantic hoard estimated at more than 64 million of public subsidies granted by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, since 2007.
To reduce the pressure between France and Algeria, President Macron is considering several measures to ease the situation.
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.
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.
The Ministry of the Economy, Finance, and Industry has launched vast investigations into the sources of financing of associations and mosques which advocate a “separatist Islam”, notably within the Islamist movement linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.