Côte d'Ivoire: controversial appointment of ex-minister Alain Donwahi as head of COP15

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The former Ivorian Minister of Waters and Forests, Alain Richard Donwahi, was elected Wednesday president of the COP15 against desertification, while his former ministry is currently the subject of an audit, after revelations on a traffic of wood presumed. Details in Abidjan from Hannane Ferdjani, France 24 correspondent.

At least eight Togolese soldiers were killed and thirteen injured on the night of Tuesday May 10 to Wednesday May 11 during a “terrorist” attack in northern Togo. The army is deployed in this area to deal with the threat of an overflow of violence from jihadist groups present in neighboring Burkina Faso.

In Senegal, a court on Wednesday 11 hand sentenced three midwives to a suspended six-month prison sentence for “failure to assist a person in danger”, after the death in a public hospital of a pregnant woman who was waiting for a caesarean section and whose tragic fate shook the country. Modou Mboup, husband of the pregnant woman who died in hospital, said he was “disappointed with this decision” of judgment.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is summoned by the Malian courts as part of an investigation into “attack on public property and other offences”.

The legislative body set up by the military in power in Guinea has set the duration of the transition at three years before returning power to civilians, thus defying the regional partners of this country who are asking for a much shorter period. This 36-month period has been revised very slightly downwards compared to the announcement made on April 30 by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who announced that he had opted for a transition period of 39 months.

70 years ago, near Dakar, the Thiaroye massacre took place. The French army had opened fire against Senegalese skirmishers who were demanding payment of their arrears of pay. If 35 of them are dead according to the official version, other much heavier balance sheets are circulating. This dark event in the history of France remains a sensitive subject. François-Xavier Destors talks about the documentary “Thiaroye 44”, an investigation into this massacre long passed over in silence, produced with Marie Thomas-Penette. It will be broadcast on Saturday May 14 on France 24, co-producer of the film, and will soon be posted on the channel’s website.

The Anoumabo Urban Music Festival (FEMUA) has started in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. A dozen artists came from all over the continent. And like every year this edition does not lose sight of its social vocation, as Fatimata Wane, special correspondent for France 24, explains.

Editor: Célia Caracena

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