The Director of Civil at the Presidency, Martin Belinga Eboutou is reported to have been humiliated in Paris as he tried to negotiate for a tete a tete between Paul Biya and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
The high level diplomat who is alleged to be on medical leave in France approached the French Elysie to begin procedures for the high level meeting . But instead of his fellow Director of Cabinet to appear for talks, Belinga Eboutou was received by an attache'e at the President. It still remains unclear whether both parties arrived at any concrete result.
The incident has left majority of Cameroonians smiling over the humiliation of one of Biya's closest disciples. It has also raised speculations as to how much money could have been mobilized for the trip. Since billions of tax payers effort is rumored to have been harnessed to bribe French officials to facilitate the meeting.
Paul Biya has been seeking for a chance to meet Emmanuel Macron since the dramatic election of the 39 year old into the Champs Elysee . He recently held talk with the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Gilles Thibaut who told CRTV reporters at the Unity Palace that a meeting between Biya and Macron is on the pipeline.
The reason behind Biya's desperate move is still unknown . But it's no secret that Macron wants a new order in France- Africa relations with Biya and other sit tight leaders scared of the unknown. The silence of the France's strong man over the Africa issue since his coming to power has unsettled most leaders including Biya who might want to use the meeting to size up how the French man sees him. The Anglophone crisis , the 2018 Presidential election and a potential Devaluation of the Franc CFA are some issues giving him sleepless nights and Macron's position on these files will enable Biya know where he is treading.