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Vol 37 No 23

Published 15th November 1996

Francophone friends

While Burkina wins influence and approval, Niger's military is still struggling

Under the steely gaze of the omnipresent vultures, preparations continue in Ouagadougou for the Franco-African summit due on 4-6 December. The meeting will confirm President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso as a diplomatic heavyweight. It comes as France, under Gaullist President Jacques Chirac, is struggling to evolve a new policy towards its African ex-colonies and when events in nearby countries, including Niger, have dented hopes for an African 'democratic revolution' on the East European model.

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