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One month on, Chadian diaspora still angry over French air strikes

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Chadian diaspora protest in Paris over French air strikes in Chad, 7 March 2019
Chadian diaspora protest in Paris over French air strikes in Chad, 7 March 2019 Christina Okello for RFI

Chadians living in France and Germany have been demonstrating against French air strikes supporting Chad’s longtime autocratic ruler, Idriss Deby. The strikes on 3 February were intended to prevent an armed group from Libya from toppling the president. Instead, they have sparked familiar accusations of French interference in African politics.French authorities have defended the strikes against Chadian rebels, insisting that it was Deby himself who invited them in.But is Paris overstepping the mark? And, is President Emmanuel Macron's hopes of resetting France's fraught relationship with Africa now in tatters?Click 'Play' above to listen to this week's Spotlight on Africa.

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