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Chad: France's Overlooked African Citadel

Sep 13, 2016 | 09:01 GMT
Chadian President Idriss Deby answers reporters' questions in N'Djamena. So far, the boon of France's friendship has enabled Chad's leaders to deflect any criticism of its inherent flaws.
Chadian President Idriss Deby answers reporters' questions in N'Djamena. So far, the boon of France's friendship has enabled Chad's leaders to deflect any criticism of its inherent flaws.
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For more than a century, the African nation has served as a garrison protecting Paris' sway in the region -- influence that France will be loath to give up. Given the advantages a friendship with France can offer Chad as well, little is likely to shake the tight bonds connecting the two in the years ahead....

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