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 […]

New Military Bill Envisions “compact” yet “powerful” Armed Forces

Even in the face of continued economic stagnation, France will remain steady with the budget for the military. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Defense Minister, presented the military bill on Friday in a French cabinet meeting, which will cover 2014 through 2019. The extensive bill was marked with six primary priorities, which reflect the country’s […]

Hollande Backs Niger in Hostage Raid Friday

On Friday May 24, 2013, French Special Forces aided Nigerien troops in an operation that raided an army base in northern Niger. The collaborative effort ended a hostage situation following an attack on the army base by extremists on Thursday. Two Nigerien cadets were taken hostage within the base. The aggressors had barricaded themselves in […]