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Vol 48 No 16

Published 3rd August 2007

Rapture not rupture

President Nicolas Sarkozy is billed as France's first post-colonial head of state but his first state visit to Africa did not presage a rupture with the Françafrique system. In Senegal, President Abdoulaye Wade clapped politely in support of France's selective immigration policy, while Sarkozy argued that African societies restrict intellectual and material progress in a badly-received speech at Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University.

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