Yaounde (National Times)-French President, Emmanuel Macron, has once again expressed his concerned over the deteriorating security situation in the Far North as well as the impasse in the war in Anglophone Cameroon.
This was the substance of the discussion between the country’s Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Cameroon, Gilles Thibault, and the Cameroonian leader, Paul Biya.
“We spoke a lot about the security situation in the Far North and the two Regions of North West and South West,” Thibault disclosed after his in-camera audience with Paul Biya.
After the audience, Paul Biya also took to his twitter handle where he posted the same message about the security situation in these troubled areas of the country being the focus of their discussion.
The last time the Ambassador went to the Unity Palace was in August 2018 for the same security issues. Two months before he was at the same presidential palace with a visiting French diplomat.
In recent times, France which is Cameroon’s most strategic partner and main broker in the politics of the country is persistently worried about the war in the Anglophone Regions, which is in its third year and showing no signs of abating, despite enormous military and material hardware invested in the area.
Moreover, with much concentration in the two Anglophone Regions, Boko Haram has stepped up its game with regular attacks.
Earlier this week, about three soldiers were reported dead in a confrontation with the group and two others who went missing were later found dead.
Unconfirmed reports hold that another attack by the group in Fotokol let to the death of 20 Cameroonian soldiers and a military pickup with a mounted AA gun was also seized by the insurgents.
With pressure being mounted by the international community on Paul Biya to seek for negotiation with Anglophone leaders and human rights report which do not favour the Biya regime, France is certainly trying to protect one of the major pillars of French interest in Africa.
Apart from security issues, Ambassador Thibault said they also discussed some projects in Douala, East, Adamawa being sponsored by the French Government.