Will Hollande’s election change relations with Africa?

The new French President François Hollande has remained relatively tight-lipped about foreign policy, including France’s relations with Africa. France has often been accused of maintaining a paternalistic attitude towards its former colonies, embodied in the term Françafrique, that refers to shadowy dealings between French and African elites.  Here is an interview with Douglas Yates, a specilaist on French-speaking Africa, about whether Hollande’s election will signal a new departure in Franco – African relations. INTERVIEW, first on RFI


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