Hollande and Africa Policy

Mercredi 2 avril 2014, une patrouille mixte entre la section blanc 3 du GTIA Dragon et la MISCA Camerounaise s'est déroulée dans le quartier de l'indépendance à Bouar. Le but de cette patrouille était de s'assurer du calme présent en ville, de montrer la présence de la Force, et d'appuyer la MISCA dans sa mission de contrôle de zone. Le chef de section de blanc 3 explique le fonctionnement de sa patrouille au chef de section camerounais.
Operation Sangaris, Central African Republic”, credit to the French Ministère de la Défence (MoD)

By Professor Tony Chafer

  • – Studies of French Africa policy have traditionally focused on its neo-colonial basis and the
    often corrupt nature of the relations it engendered because of the connivances of semiofficial
    and unofficial networks and covert practices that characterised it. These are often
    referred to in the literature as la Francafrique. In seeking to understand Francois
    Hollande’s Africa policy this article moves away from a neo-colonial, Francafrique
    analytical framework and instead seeks to engage with the continuity versus change debate
    in French Africa policy through the lens of geopolitics. The three central themes of
    Hollande’s Africa policy—security, partnership and trade—are analysed, focusing firstly
    on the French interventions in Africa, notably in Mali, since 2012, before discussing
    French engagement with African regional organisations, such as the Economic
    Community of West African States, and the increasing importance attached to
    economic and trade links. The article ends with a brief survey of some of the challenges
    facing French Africa policy.

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