François Hollande’s Legacy in Africa

François Hollande’s Legacy in Africa

In recent history, few world leaders have been as unpopular as France’s François Hollande. Rising unemployment, tabloid scandals, unpopular legal reforms, and a faltering economy have all led the President to confirm that he won’t stand for re-election in 2017. While Hollande’s presidency has been ridiculed in France, his legacy…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

FOCAC follow-up: African diplomats visit #China to mark anniversary

At the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged a $60 billion economic package that essentially tripled China’s commitment in Africa. To mark the anniversary of the historic 2015 FOCAC summit, a group of African diplomats spent this week in China’s Fujian province….

Djibouti-Ethiopia rail runs set for October start

Test runs of the new railway linking Addis Ababa and Djibouti may come as early as next week, now that the $345 million project, funded primarily by China, is near completion. Officials with Ethiopian Railway Corporation say trial service will run for three to six months on the line, beginning…

Zimbabweans scoff at rash Mugabe declaration on U.N.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s proclamation that the country will next year leave the United Nations has been met with derision from Zimbabwe citizens, political leaders and agency heads. The statement, made to Zanu PF supporters over the weekend as Mugabe returned from the UGNA in New York, variously has been…

A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

Within the span of just a few days, two long-serving African leaders will go to the polls in search of new electoral mandates. As part of the “Super Sunday” of African elections in 2016, Djiboutian strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh will stand for re-election on April 8 while Idriss Déby Itno…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.