Weak laws and entrenched culture lets officials put personal gain ahead of public service.
Bluesy, trancelike melodies pull in wider audiences in the US and Europe, as the music's exotic rhythms move mainstream.
Terrance Simien, a leading light among the younger generation of zydeco musicians, is raising the genre's profile at this year's Grammy awards.
After a green light from the UN, France decided Tuesday to scrap its neutrality and help fend off a rebel advance.
France did not repel this weekend's coup attempt on its former colony as it has in the past, but the UN Monday approved unilateral French action to support Chad's government.
Rebels stormed Chad's capital, delaying arrival of EU troops to help refugees.