The Prime Minister of France, Elisabeth Borne, closely monitors unfolding events in Gabon with deep concern

France is going after events in Gabon “with the greatest attention”, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Wednesday after army officers in the West African country declared they had deposed President Ali Bongo.

Borne’s comment was the first comeback from France, the former colonial power in Gabon whose influence in Africa is seen as being undermined by a series of recent coups that have broken down friendly governments.

By Damilola Adeleke

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