The Dislocation of the Francophone Family in Africa

Franco-African relations are currently in a state of convulsion, even decay in French-speaking Africa. A post-colonial generation more educated, educated, connected to the globalized world and forming the youth of the moment defeats the measure of defiance towards the policy of the former colonizer, accused of only practicing the policy of its own interests on the continent .

Sixty-two years after independence, in Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Senegal and Chad, young Africans demonstrated massively against the symbols of the French presence in Africa. Their concerns relate in particular to issues relating to real sovereignty, bad governance, corruption, insecurity and misery… The product of the “incestuous” relations that French political and economic elites maintain with a handful of their African autocratic counterparts.

A stain of oil

If there are no tangible paradigm shifts in the medium term in France’s policy in Africa, it is very likely that this movement will spread, notably with the hidden help of the new “lovers” of Africa such as China, Russia, Turkey or the Gulf countries.

It is a movement that is far from losing its breath, because according to the Demographic and Statistical Observatory of the Francophone Area (ODSEF), the African population will double by 2050 to reach 2 billion inhabitants. Of this number, 60% will be under 30 years old.

Quebec is counting on the French-speaking African basin in its strategy of maintaining its linguistic weight in Canada. Consequently, he too would have an interest in the Franco-African couple reaching a resolution to the crisis. In the event that the crisis persists, we should not be surprised by the disaffection of Francophiles on the continent.

Revise France’s policy in Africa

This policy has not evolved in the right direction since independence. There were multiple signals, warnings and speeches indicating the imperative of a paradigm shift vis-à-vis France’s policy in Africa. But nothing concrete is yet visible on the table.

Before leaving this world, former French President Jacques Chirac had grasped the urgency to act. He had notably recognized in the context of an interview that the riches of Africa had been plundered, including by France.

“We only forget one thing. It is that a large part of the money which is in our purse comes precisely from the exploitation, for centuries, of Africa. Not only. But a lot comes from the exploitation of Africa. So you have to have a little common sense. I’m not saying generosity. Common sense, justice, to give back to Africans, I would say, what was taken from them. Especially since it is necessary, if we want to avoid the worst convulsions or difficulties, with the political consequences that this entails in the near future. ” -Jacques Chirac

Words to seriously consider in this Black History Month.

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