Russia’s internet trolls are fueling Africa’s anti-French sentiment by agitating controversy over the wife of Africa’s latest leader.
Guinea’s French wife, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, was targeted by allegations that she was a former girlfriend of President Emmanuel Macron.
Dunbowya, who is hired by the French National Gendarmerie, is understood to have met her husband for the first time in Paris.
She has Col Doumbouya, Africa’s second youngest leader, and four children.
Minimal information about the public domain Ms Doumbouya means that the fake news distributed by the parent Kremlin source prospered with little opposition to the false information.
In one of the apparently manipulated videos, Ms. Doumbouya is mistakenly portrayed in her arm linked through the arm of the President of France.
There was no coordinated public effort by the French authorities to dismiss allegations about the relationship between Mr. Danbaya and Mr. Macron.
Sources from the French Embassy in Conakry said Times I was aware of the material distributed on social media, but did not publish any further comments.
Macron is a territorial polarized politician who was formerly under French colonial rule, and the controversy has led to an existing grudge against France and its leaders.
Ibrahima Hippo, a scholar at the University of Kankan in Guinea, Times: “Guinea does not trust France very much because of years of brutal colonization. Many of us do not accept French very much. Certain Guineans are French women. Says he is not happy to be a first lady. “
Earlier this year, Macron announced plans to reduce the number of French troops fighting in West Africa and replace them with a new framework that includes the Alliance’s special forces.
Macron’s dissatisfaction that Sahel region authorities have not done enough to control the region regained from jihadists is understood to be the factor behind the decision.
Last month, Mali, the main battlefield for Islam, signed an agreement with a mercenary group associated with the Kremlin.
According to Mali officials, weapons, helicopters and ammunition were subsequently delivered from Russia to the country.
Russia, along with China, is the only non-African country to attend Colonel Dumbouya’s oath ceremony and has used the African turmoil to exert influence over the African Continent.
41-year-old Colonel Dunbowya became president of Guinea after a successful coup against the 83-year-old Alpha Conde.
Colonel Dunbowya is forbidden to challenge future elections in line with plans to promote a return to civilian rule.
Colonel Dunbowya, trained in the French Foreign Legion, has served as a close guardian in the United Kingdom.
He has served in Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti and the Central African Republic.