As China prevails, France's Macron shuffles his cards in Djibouti


As China prevails, France's Macron shuffles his cards in DjiboutiDjibouti, strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal, hosts France's largest naval base on the continent and is home to some 1,400 personnel used to train African troops as well as to monitor the Horn of Africa and Yemen. "France considered Djibouti for too long to be a territory that was won," said a senior French diplomat based in the region. "But now the competition from China is fierce." Those comments echoed President Ismail Omar Guelleh's public criticism in 2015 accusing France - from which it gained independence in 1977 - of abandoning Djibouti and investing very little.



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