January 14, 2013

Those Unilateral French

Charlemagne, Charlemagne

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However much successive French presidents say that they want to put an end to post-colonial intervention in Africa, with few other takers for the job it usually proves irresistible at some point. Nicolas Sarkozy, Mr Hollande’s predecessor, had also promised a new era, only to end up sending the French army to help Côte d’Ivoire forcibly evict Laurent Gbagbo, the loser of that country’s presidential election, from office.

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TAGGED: Mali, France


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January 17, 2013
Should Germany Help France in Mali?
Gebauer & Wittrock, Der Spiegel
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France Adopts the Bush Doctrine
Kevin Sullivan, The Compass
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Can Mali Be Saved from the Islamists?
Coughlin & Blair, The Telegraph
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