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France, West Africa to unite forces in fight against Islamist militants

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  1. Vergennes

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    PARIS (Reuters) - France and West African states agreed on Monday to unite their forces under a joint command structure to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel region and France will send an extra 220 soldiers to bolster its military presence there.

    West African leaders assured French President Emmanuel Macron that they wanted France to continue its military involvement in the region when they met with him in the southwestern town of Pau.

    “We have no choice. We need results,” Macron said, announcing the reinforcements after the summit with the leaders of Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad.

    France, the former colonial power, has about 4,500 troops already operating in the region, an arid expanse just below the Sahara desert. But security has been progressively worsening.

    Militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have strengthened their foothold, making swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence, especially in Mali and Burkina Faso.

    In a joint statement, the six leaders said they would focus their efforts against Islamic State in the Greater Sahara and they urged the United States to continue its logistical support for their forces.

    “This new framework will take the form and name of a “Coalition for the Sahel”, bringing together the countries of the G5 Sahel, France - through Operation Barkhane,” the statement said.

    Military assistance will also be placed under this format, including a future force of European special forces, it said.

    The focus of operations would be the border areas linking Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

    French troops were hailed as heroes in 2013 when their intervention helped prevent an Islamist militant push to the Malian capital Bamako.

    But Macron and his government have been criticised at home for allowing French troops to get bogged down and they face growing hostility in West Africa for failing to restore stability.

    Macron said in December he wanted the West African leaders to clarify whether they want and need “our presence”.

    They will meet again in June in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to assess the impact of the new command structure.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-f...against-islamist-militants-idUKKBN1ZC26H?il=0
     
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  2. Clutch

    Clutch ELITE MEMBER

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    It's not to fight Islamists... It's to ensure Africans keep paying the colonial Tax!!!!

    France doesn't belong in Africa!

    France controls 85% of the national reserves of 14 African countries. They are all forced to pay colonial tax to France. The 14 countries are obliged to put 50% of their foreign exchange reserves at the Bank of France, and can only use 15% yearly, or pay to use their own money.

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    Did you know many African countries continue to pay colonial tax to France since their independence till today!

    When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act of fury the french administration in Guinea destroyed everything in the country which represented what they called the benefits from french colonization.

    Three thousand French left the country, taking all their property and destroying anything that which could not be moved: schools, nurseries, public administration buildings were crumbled; cars, books, medicine, research institute instruments, tractors were crushed and sabotaged; horses, cows in the farms were killed, and food in warehouses were burned or poisoned.

    The purpose of this outrageous act was to send a clear message to all other colonies that the consequences for rejecting France would be very high.

    Slowly fear spread trough the african elite, and none after the Guinea events ever found the courage to follow the example of Sékou Touré, whose slogan was “We prefer freedom in poverty to opulence in slavery.”

    Sylvanus Olympio, the first president of the Republic of Togo, a tiny country in west Africa, found a middle ground solution with the French.He didn’t want his country to continue to be a french dominion, therefore he refused to sign the colonisation continuation pact De Gaule proposed, but agree to pay an annual debt to France for the so called benefits Togo got from french colonization.It was the only conditions for the French not to destroy the country before leaving. However, the amount estimated by France was so big that the reimbursement of the so called “colonial debt” was close to 40% of the country budget in 1963.

    The financial situation of the newly independent Togo was very unstable, so in order to get out the situation, Olympio decided to get out the french colonial money FCFA (the franc for french african colonies), and issue the county own currency.

    On January 13, 1963, three days after he started printing his country own currency, a squad of illiterate soldiers backed by France killed the first elected president of newly independent Africa. Olympio was killed by an ex French Foreign Legionnaire army sergeant called Etienne Gnassingbe who supposedly received a bounty of $612 from the local French embassy for the hit man job.

    Olympio’s dream was to build an independent and self-sufficient and self-reliant country. But the French didn’t like the idea.

    On June 30, 1962, Modiba Keita , the first president of the Republic of Mali, decided to withdraw from the french colonial currency FCFA which was imposed on 12 newly independent African countries. For the Malian president, who was leaning more to a socialist economy, it was clear that colonisation continuation pact with France was a trap, a burden for the country development.

    On November 19, 1968, like, Olympio, Keita will be the victim of a coup carried out by another ex French Foreign legionnaire, the Lieutenant Moussa Traoré.

    In fact during that turbulent period of African fighting to liberate themselves from European colonization, France would repeatedly use many ex Foreign legionnaires to carry out coups against elected presidents:

    • - On January 1st, 1966, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, an ex french foreign legionnaire, carried a coup against David Dacko, the first President of the Central African Republic.
    • - On January 3, 1966, Maurice Yaméogo, the first President of the Republic of Upper Volta, now called Burkina Faso, was victim of a coup carried by Aboubacar Sangoulé Lamizana, an ex French legionnaire who fought with french troops in Indonesia and Algeria against these countries independence.
    • - on 26 October 1972, Mathieu Kérékou who was a security guard to President Hubert Maga, the first President of the Republic of Benin, carried a coup against the president, after he attended French military schools from 1968 to 1970.
    In fact, during the last 50 years, a total of 67 coups happened in 26 countries in Africa, 16 of those countries are french ex-colonies, which means 61% of the coups happened in Francophone Africa.

    Number of Coups in Africa by country

    Ex French colonies Other African countries Country Number of coup Country number of coup Togo 1 Egypte 1 Tunisia 1 Libye 1 Cote d’Ivoire 1 Equatorial Guinea 1 Madagascar 1 Guinea Bissau 2 Rwanda 1 Liberia 2 Algeria 2 Nigeria 3 Congo – RDC 2 Ethiopia 3 Mali 2 Ouganda 4 Guinea Conakry 2 Soudan 5 SUB
     
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  3. Ahmet Pasha

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    Gorey angrez ki haumat hai bhai dunya pe. Hamare jese 3rd world log samajte hain ham independent hain.
     
  4. Old School

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    France must be kicked out of Africa for good. These filthy losers never won a war ever since the debacle in Waterloo.
     
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    Yeah,and who will "kick France out of Africa" ? I hope you'll be among the first column! Couldn't expect more than words from keyboard anarchists.
     
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    Titles say very little. Is it professional to give critique in the form of ad hominem ? is it something new for France to be kicked out of an entire continent ?