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

Firstpost Monday, 11 March 2019
By John Irish DJIBOUTI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday sought to reassert the importance of France in its former colony Djibouti with Paris increasingly fearing China's muscular role in Africa as it expands economic and military influence across the continent. Djibouti, 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.
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