French Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa Under President Sarkozy
The paper examines French relations with Sub-Saharan Africa under President Sarkozy. First, the historical background of France’s relations with sub-Saharan Africa is examined, and President Sarkozy’s position on key issues before and after his electoral victory in 2007 is discussed. The paper then reviews Sarkozy’s reform program. The paper’s final sections consider popular perceptions of the French role in African events. Although France’s Africa policy is too disparate and complex for a single set of recommendations, the paper suggests that the long-term success of French objectives will depend on further and deeper efforts at transparency.
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