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Vol 44 No 5

Published 7th March 2003


Jacques is back

France's triumphal return to Africa is marred only slightly by the tricky problems it faces there

It was an impressive turnout. Forty-two heads of state or government braved the icy cold of Paris and its unlovely Porte Maillot conference centre for the biennial Franco-African extravaganza. The festive ambiance was somewhat overshadowed by the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, despite furious French efforts to secure a peace deal before the summit, but President Laurent Gbagbo wasn't there to hear President Jacques Chirac explicitly condemn the death squads and threaten war crimes prosecutions (AC Vol 44 No 3).

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