France has always had the most active towards Africa during the Cold War. Only since the 1990s the leaders in the Elysée have been revising their African policy. In this article, Ivan Krivoushin presents a very concise but detailed analysis of how French policy has changed and how Paris has been reformulating their position vis-à-vis their former colonies and other African states. Can France overcome its dilemmas on what role it wants and can play on the continent?
Keywords: French Africa policy, Cold War, Françafrique, cooperation, mutual defense pacts, development aid, military intervention, Rwandan genocide, Ivory Coast, foreign trade