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Aniambossou Takes Office as French Ambassador Amid Duo-Citizenship Concerns

Renowned businessman Jules-Armand Aniambossou is set to commence work as the new Ambassador of France to Uganda.

Aniambossou, who is said to be a personal friend and former schoolmate of French President Emmanuel Macron, on Monday morning presented copies of his credentials to Hon. Sam Kutesa, the Foreign Affairs Minister in Kampala.

He takes over from Stephanie Rivoal whose service ended in April this year.

Mrs Rivoal, who earned herself the name Nalongo during her 3-year tenure in Kampala, is now the Secretary General of the France-Africa Summit.

Aniambossou, a Beninese born businessman with duo citizenship, has been serving on the French Presidential Council for Africa.

As a Benin citizen, Aniambossou previously served as the West African nation’s ambassador to France from 2013 to 2016.

There had been concerns in France in the past months as to whether the Ugandan authorities would accept his credentials, given his nationality status.

“This appointment is a first of its kind and will open up a debate both legally and politically,” one senior French official told local media recently.

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Foreign Affairs Ministry officials were not readily available to comment on the appointment.

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