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 […]

French Polynesia: On its Way to Being the Newest Country after South Sudan?

Last week, Friday May 17, 2013, the United Nations adopted a resolution to put French Polynesia back onto the UN list of territories to be decolonized along with 16 other territories – including the British Falkland Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Gibraltar and Bermuda. The UN General Assembly requested of the French Government to “facilitate […]

Former Defense Minister’s Pro-Colonialism Remarks Strain Ties with Algeria

Though French colonialism has long fallen by the wayside, remnants of its influence still pervade some members of the French government. Former Defense Minister Gerard Longuet, who served from 2011 to 2012 under the Sarkozy administration, has criticized current president Francois Hollande’s effort to officially recognize the suffering of Algerians during colonization. During a two-day […]