A few days ago, Nicolas Sarkozy was in Abidjan. Newly appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Accor Group, it is in this capacity that the former French President traveled to Cote d’Ivoire. The man was knighted by the Ivorian authorities who reserved him a welcome worthy of a president in office.
President Alassane Ouattara made the trip to the airport Felix Houphouet Boigny to welcome his guest of the day. The Ivorian head of state and his former counterpart have settled in the presidential pavilion of the airport, where they had a tete-a-tete with the eaves of indiscreet. Subsequently, the former French president and his delegation of businessmen were received at the presidential palace of Abidan.
Housed in a presidential suite at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, several senior Ivorian personalities went to meet the former French President. From Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly to the Minister of Infrastructure, Amédée Koffi Kouakou, everyone had a moment of exchange with Nicolas Sarkozy. This means that the popularity of the ex-tenant of the Elysée has not declined among these men of the regime of Alassane Ouattara.
The most striking fact during this visit was the special attention enjoyed by Nicolas Sarkozy, who had a welcome worthy of that of a “king”. Dance groups, ministers, businessmen, and company directors were all mobilized for the occasion. Far from being fortuitous, all these considerations towards the former French president are the result of his decisive action during the post-electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire.
It should be remembered that he had deployed the French operation Licorne alongside pro-Ouattara forces and UNOCI to fight Laurent Gbagbo.
It was thanks to the combined action of these forces that Laurent Gbagbo had been overthrown. This is why the current Ivorian authorities feel so much indebted to the predecessor of François Hollande.