Not surprisingly France’s President Emmanuel Macron was among the first world leaders to congratulate Joe Biden on winning the US Presidency.
Paris and Washington have a crowded schedule of business, starting with Biden bringing the United State back into the climate change agreement signed in the French capital four years ago.
Biden will be an extremely welcome participant at the climate summit in Scotland.
France continues to control the file on this make-or-break issue for the world.
Running close behind welcoming America’s more prominent green agenda , France is looking for increased US support for the initiative to fight Islamist jihadis in the that strip of land between North Africa and the Sahara Desert known as the Sahel.
President Donald Trump has effectively told Macron that this French-led initiative is to Paris’ account.
Washington’s has given $8,5 million to Chad to help it counter ISIS terrorism.
This pales next to the boots on the ground and cash contributed to the G5 comprising Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania.
The group was set up in 2014 when Mauritania held the AU presidency.
It has been underpinned by two resolution of the United Nations Security Council.
The world organization has committed 10 000 troops to its anti terror group in the region known as MINUSMA.
France has put its muscle where its mouth is with 3 000 troops from Operation Barkhane .
France stepped into drive out the Islamists who took advantage of a 2012 coup in Mali.
Things have become vary complicated since then and France could do with help form a fellow permanent Western member of the UN powerhouse.
Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, installed in 2012, was unseated in another coup last August which led to Bah Ndaw becoming become the interim president.
Further confusing things, Amadou Toumani Tourè, who led Mali for a decade during which he introduced democratic reforms before he deposed in the 2012 putsch, died in Turkey this week.
It will be impressed on Biden that Germany has provided 900 troops to the Sahel operation and the European Union has chipped in 50million euros.
Even the cash-strapped African Union has contributed $3 million.
The world is waiting on the new administration in Washington.