Saturday, April 20, 2019

Succession of Biya: the French Ambassàdor to Cameroon reportedly sacked

The 56-year-old diplomat Christophe Guilhou is expected to succeed Gilles Thibaut who has been in post since 2016.

According to the weekly Intégration edition of April 15, 2019, which quotes the Lettre du Continent (issue N ° 797 of March 27, 2019), the preparation of the next summit Africa-France should bring many changes in French diplomacy in 2019.

Indeed, the newspaper said, "the Elysee has decided to change some of the ambassadors abroad." While waiting for its official confirmation, the Letter of the Continent, "presents Christophe Guilhou as the next ambassador of France in Cameroon".

The 56-year-old diplomat is introduced as a close associate of French President Emmanuel Macron. He comes from Djibouti where he worked as ambassador from 2016 to 2019. Christophe Guilhou graduated from Political Science and the Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations with specialization in Literal Arabic and Swahili.

About his career at the United Nations, the newspaper said he first "stayed at the Foreign Office in Africa. Then it's with international organizations. After the UN experience, Christophe Guilhou passed number two of the French Embassy in the United Arab Emirates and Syria.

Returning to France in 2002, he held the post of diplomatic advisor to the French Minister of Health, then left six months later to become deputy director in charge of economic affairs at the United Nations.In 2005, he was appointed advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of the Middle East and the United Nations.

In this global forum, "he was the Deputy Permanent Representative (in charge of health and humanitarian affairs) at the UN in Geneva. He also served as Consul General in Boston and Director of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights at the International Organization of La Francophonie (mid-2013). As such, he led crisis missions in Madagascar and Guinea-Bissau, "reads.