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International Relations | Political Science | State and Local Government Law


Gary Prevost


French colonialism dramatically changed sub-Sahara Africa in the region now called Francophone Africa. In 1960 the French granted the francophone countries independence but French influence did not end. France's neo- colonial influence caused many problems for the newly independent countries including economic dependence, unwanted boundaries and the establishment of an elite class. The Africans themselves have been struggling with mismanagement, corruption and political and economic instability. Recent breaks in Franco-African relations has caused the French to take a step back from its high level of influence in Africa. In order for francophone Africa to prosper without the aid and influence of France, it must reform internally and provide stability through education and constitutional reform. Then the francophone countries should bring trade to a regional level so that all the African states can develop together without the exploitation of, and dependency upon, the western powers.