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The view from the Seine

France again shows a surer hand in Africa but old allies shouldn't expect an easy ride

France's hyperactive Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has been on the road again in Africa, visiting six countries in three days last week as he sought to break the deadlock ...

Intrigue in Beirut

Senegal's ex-President Abdou Diouf struggled to become Secretary General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) in Beirut on 20 October.

Going for Glencore

Swiss-based oil and commodities trader Glencore has become entangled in France's Angolagate scandal. Paris sources say an arrest warrant has been issued for one of the company's le...

Ancien régime

France may claim to have invented human rights but it has seen its role as the champion of liberty usurped by American, British and Scandinavian governments and private foundations...

Rightist regime

Africa will be a low priority for the new team at the Elysée and Quai d'Orsay

Africa will lose even more of its special status under France's new conservative government, appointed by President Jacques Chirac after his 82 per cent re-election victory over Je...

The other Tanzanite

France's first military exercise in English-speaking Africa, Tanzanite III on 11-22 February, got top marks in public, while its sponsors carried on bickering about what to 'do' ab...


In a watershed vote on 15 January, the French parliament declared 19 March a day of commemoration of the victims of the Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian independence struggles. Pres...

Oil slick

Legal sources in Paris say the long, venomous investigations into oil company Elf-Aquitaine will be buried before May's presidential election. Elf, merged in 1998-9 with Franco-Bel...

Hunting lobby

A new generation breaks through in Paris but the money no longer flows freely

The last relics of colonialism are at last being swept out of Paris. For decades, French-speaking Africa was regarded as the chasse gardée, the private hunting-ground; now t...

Les jeux sont faits

Francophone dignitaries are gathered in Ottawa, Canada, and its Québecois sister-city, Hull, for the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie, starting, appropriately enough, on 14 July...

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