Protesters vandalised several petrol stations in N’djamena operated by French oil major TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA). Some torched French flags, while a Russian flag was hoisted on a mast in central N’djamena, según un reportero de Reuters.
As France’s influence wanes in its former colonies, recent protests in countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have seen calls for increased military ties with Russia instead of France.
Chad is seen as a strong ally of the west in the fight against Islamist militants in the region. Several Western countries, including France, maintain troops at bases in the country.
Chad’s capital is the central command hub for France’s counter-terrorism operation for the West Africa region. Around French 1,000 troops are based there.
The French embassy in N’djamena was not immediately available to comment on the protest.
La semana pasada, the embassy denied a rumor that France was planning to install new French military bases in Chad, calling it an attempt at misinformation.