26-year-old French Photojournalist Found Dead in Central African Republic

Camille Lepage, a photojournalist from Anvers, France was found dead in western Central African Republic (CAR) on May 13. The 26-year-old had been living in Africa for about a year and a half, in Juba and South Sudan, before her last project in the CAR. According to her final Instagram post, about a week before […]

Françafrique: A Resurgent France Has a Responsibility to Keep House in Its Former Colonial Neighborhood

In the mid twentieth century, France’s colonial possessions in Africa encompassed enormous swathes of land, from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in the northwest to Madagascar in the southeast. Fifty-some years after the final dissolution of the French empire, France’s recent military incursions on the continent are sparking speculation of a French attempt to resurrect its […]

Hollande Opens Year with Promises of Tax Cuts, Redeployment from Mali

French President François Hollande has vowed to sharply cut French troop levels in Mali while tackling unemployment at home, as part of his package of New Years’ promises to the French people. Hollande promised on January 8 to reduce the number of French troops in Mali to 1,600 by mid-February. France currently has 2,500 soldiers […]

France Urges UN to help in Central African Republic

On Friday December 27, during talks with Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, French President François Hollande expressed his wish that the United Nations would play a more important role in the transition period in the Central African Republic. Hollande also thanked the leader for the reinforcement of African forces organized by the UN. The UN […]

What France Will Remember of 2013

The Presidential election of 2012 was certainly not one of revolutionary speeches and promises of a new tomorrow, but the success of François Hollande and the coming-to-power of the Parti socialiste and its allies nevertheless brought great hope among the French people. For those who chose to put their faith in Hollande and his party, […]

French Military to Take Action in the Central African Republic

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday, authorizing France to take action in the Central African Republic (Centrafrique), a former French colony. The peacekeeping operation is only the organization’s 16 since its creation in 1945. Following the ousting of President Bozizé in March of this year, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis involving 4.6 […]

France Sending Troops to Central African Republic

Earlier this week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced a plan to act in the Central African Republic, increasing French troops stationed in the capital city of Bangui. From now until the end of the year, up to 800 reinforcements will join the 410 French soldiers already stationed at the Bangui airport. Fabius, the Minister […]