In a page well-researched book titled ‘De la Françafrique à la Mafiafrique [ From Françafrique to Mafiafrique”>, Francois Xavier Verschave exposes the. On 25 March, the activist, researcher and writer Lila Chouli died less than a year after receiving the news that she had an incurable illness. More by Francois-Xavier Verschave. La Francafrique: Le plus long scandale de la Republique. Francois-Xavier Verschave. Top of Page. My Account · Billing.

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Verschave notes that the substance of his book grew out of testimonies given by Verschavee who want to tell the stories of their plight and wanton pillaging of their respective countries by France, the ex-colonizer:.

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They observed that their countries have been torn apart and put asunder by colonial policies implemented by dictatorial governments. Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has outlived them, now coordinates the dirty job of France in Africa.

According to him, only the tip of the iceberg is visible to the rest of the frannois-xavier the rest is a closely guarded secret known only to its perpetrators in very high franosi-xavier of power rranois-xavier France and Africa:. It has a visible face, the part that is exposed to the world, portraying France as the best friend of Versfhave and bastion of human rights, etc. Needless to belabor the point that Verschave is being terribly sarcastic when he refers to France the best friend of Africa and the bastion of human rights.

Even those who have never set foot on the soil of this European nation are aware of the fact that the French motto: The first reason is the leverage that France has at the United Nations, where allied nations back her up in the event of a vote.

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The third reason is the astronomical sums of money that African heads of state send to France each time presidential polls are conducted in France. The fourth reason is linked to the role France played as an ally of the United States of America during the Cold War era. Both countries were in alliance to keep the African continent out of the ambit of Communists.

Notorious among them was Omar Bongo who passed away a few years ago and was succeeded by his son, Ali Bongo.

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Of the several strings that France uses to tie up African nations in order to keep them in a vicious circle of dependency, Verschave singles out the Franc CFA as the most effective. Who knew that more than five decades after gaining independence from France, francophone African countries remain French colonies? During electoral campaigns in France, you would hear citizens in Cameroon or Togo complaining that the State has become broke and is unable to pay civil servants. The political implication of all these machinations is that Africa is now saddled with demo-dictators who were not elected by the populace.

These unpopular leaders are constantly being propped up by France because they implement French hidden agenda on the African continent. Whether one is looking at the scenario in Cameroon, Togo, Gabon or Congo-Brazzaville, the rules of the game remain the same: France then sends mercenaries and secrets agents to make sure that elections are rigged in favor of their henchmen in Africa.

One take-away from a reading of this instructive book is vwrschave the brunt of the underdevelopment of Africa should be borne by France and Africans alike given that African leaders behave like frightened chicken and give the French free rein to manipulate them. Worse, Africa is blighted by two cankers: This masterpiece would serve as an verschqve for those who are unaware of the strategies that France has used to under-develop Verschve over the years. It is recommended reading for students, professors and researchers in the domain of Francophone studies.

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Africans and friends of Africa should read it with an open mind. Skip to main content. Verschave notes that the substance of his book grew out of testimonies given by Africans who want to tell the stories of their plight and wanton pillaging of their respective countries by France, the ex-colonizer: According to him, only the tip of the iceberg is visible to the rest of the world; the rest is a closely guarded secret known only to its perpetrators in very high positions of power in France and Africa: In the words of Verschave, here is how the system works: Log in or register to post comments reads.

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