Chad Leader's Death Means Uncertainty for French Operations in Sahel

PARIS - Few countries are feeling the loss of Chad’s President Idriss Deby more keenly than former colonial power France. Paris has long seen Deby as a key ally in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. Now some observers say his death brings uncertainty to this campaign — and France’s hopes for an eventual drawdown of its Barkhane force in the region.

The loss of a courageous friend — that’s how President Macron’s office has described the death of Idriss Deby —  a statement...