ADEKEYE ADEBAJO: The death of Françafrique
France’s intricate network of political, military, economic and cultural ties on the continent has unravelled
Former French president François Mitterrand noted prophetically in 1957: “Without Africa, France will no longer have a history in the 21st century.”
For the past six decades an intricate network of political, military, economic and cultural ties — known as Françafrique — have been used to promote what French leaders regarded as a politique de grandeur. All French presidents from Charles de Gaulle to Emmauel Macron have continued this neocolonial Africa policy...
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