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Vol 46 No 12

Published 10th June 2005

Dominant Dominique

Reform of France's Africa policy has been set back with the sacking of Foreign Minister Michel Barnier and his replacement by a diplomatic novice, Philippe Douste-Blazy. The new Prime Minister (another ex-Foreign Minister) Dominique de Villepin sees little need for reform, nor does President Jacques Chirac. They are in the Gaullist tradition, and advocate a strong unilateralist line in Africa.

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