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Déby: Macron pays tribute to ‘brave friend’

French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to Chad’s late President Idris Déby, calling him a “brave friend” and “a great soldier”, news agency Reuters reports quoting the president’s office.

Mr Macron also said Chad needs stability and peaceful transition, news agency AFP reports.

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Though some say it’s unusual for a president to have been on the battlefield in the first place, the BBC’s Beverly Ochieng points out that President Idriss Déby was a field marshal and had often been at the frontline with his men.

About a year ago, Déby led an operation where 1,000 Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed.

He began his career in the military and trained as a pilot in France.

Déby was promoted to army chief-of-staff under President Hissène Habré, who he toppled in a 1990 coup becoming president himself.

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