Mali, intervention and the enduring appeal of ‘la Francafrique’

Françafrique is dead, declared French President Francois Hollande shortly after taking office last year. This was a momentous statement. Hollande’s predecessors, without exception, revelled in the cosy, corrupt relationship between France and some of Africa’s most unstable democracies and worst dictatorships. They pulled those colonial strings for all they were worth, and they were worth […]