After establishing trading posts along the coast of Senegal in 1624, by 1961 14 African countries were under French rule. But more than 50 years after granting its former colonial empire independence, Paris still has a large presence across the continent. French economic influence is still felt by many African treasuries, and French military troops have been involved in conflicts through out the continent. And this despite statements by both president Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicholas Sarkozy, declaring the era of francafriqie officially over, And as the 16th Francophone summit kicked off in Madagascar, we asked what is the state of affairs between France and its former colonies? And what lies ahead for Africa’s French connection?
Beatrice Marshall and her panel of experts explore this topic, on Talk Africa!