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France wants to fix its relations with Africa. But it’s going about it the wrong way

France wants to fix its relations with Africa. But it’s going about it the wrong way

This form of realpolitik was started under President Charles De Gaulle (1959-1969) and reached an apex under Georges Pompidou (1969-1974). Jacques Foccart, who was secretary-general for African and Malagasy Affairs under both presidents – became the point man of both presidents. Known as “Monsieur Afrique”, he is considered to have been the mastermind behind several African coups.