So the French are taking over the EU presidency, and what they apparently want to do is to increase Europe's muscle abroad, so that the EU has interventionist capacity more like the United States, rather than just being a so-called "normative power." The first test case? Chad. And what a test case. Proving that their imperial African ambitions are behind them, the French are trying to get the EU to play a greater role in propping up the fetid, rotting administration of a corrupt dictator who is backed by and friendly to France (Idriss Deby of Chad) in his ongoing proxy war against a corrupt dictator who is NOT backed by or friendly to France (Sudan's Bashir).
Good going, France.