Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DIPLOMACY - The Françafrique will always remain the "France-to-cash"

"Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by the troops pro-Ouattara" is that serine at will throughout the Elysee and which are proudly echoing the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI, pro-Ouattara ) bloated. First attributed to the French soldiers of the [transaction] Unicorn [deployed in Ivory Coast under UN mandate], and then passed on to fighters loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the authorship of the final offensive on the presidential palace [April 11] never ceases to be a subject of controversy.

The Hexagon has beautiful ruin in denials, the troops advanced to the presidency a few hours before the final assault has something to stir up trouble on his role in the arrest of Gbagbo. Meanwhile images of the operation, promised by the French Minister Longuet, to be finally determined on the identity of the mighty Terminator, one may question the frenzy with which Paris denies any involvement in the arrest.

That may well hide the denials of the former colonial power? The desire not to offend the sensibilities of FRCI which, despite the destruction of heavy weapons from troops loyal to Gbagbo, were struggling to get their hands on the intimate enemy of their leader, yet within range? Or is it fear of being accused of interventionism, which in this case, recalls that period murky relations between France and its former colonies of black Africa? Nicolas Sarkozy proclaimed urbi et orbi the end of French Africa, but for many, its direct and active involvement in the Ivorian crisis recalls an unfortunate interference fit for this time of the Africa Unit of the Elysee decide the political future of African kings.

While, as stated by Prime Minister Francois Fillon, "what just happened in Côte d'Ivoire is a strong message to all dictators" can only be welcomed. For heads of state elected evil, the dark continent in full, and it would be very happy to see more gore the Unicorns. But whatever the real motives and hidden from the French intervention in its finality, it does not differ in any way the original French Africa, that is to say that developed by General de Gaulle and its implementation by the secular , Jacques Foccart [Secretary General of the Elysee African and Malagasy Affairs from 1960 to 1974].

The price paid by Alassane Ouattara, "president elect", but installed by the Licorne force, will be the same as that paid by many dictators come to power by the mercenary [French] Bob Denard [d. 2007]: used first French interests, as embodied by multinationals such as Total, Bouygues, Bolloré, and many more.

Françafrique rest Françafrique: France to money.

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