Like dominos, African states are one after the other falling outdoors the shackles of neocolonialism. Chad, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger are saying ‘non’ to France’s longtime domination of African monetary, political, financial, and safety affairs. It’s completely unimaginable to grasp Africa’s present turmoil with out understanding the nuts and bolts of French neocolonialism. The bottom line is the CFA franc, the “colonial franc” launched in 1945 in French Africa, which nonetheless survives in 14 African international locations.
The entire world remembers that after the 2008 world monetary disaster, Libya’s Chiefafter which President of the African Union, Muammar Gaddafi, referred to as for the institution of a pan-African foreign money pegged to gold, the African Dinar. On the time, Libya had about 150 tons of gold, saved at dwelling, and never in London, Paris, or New York banks. Along with South Africa’s gold the brand new pan-African foreign money would have had its personal unbiased monetary middle in Tripoli, Libya. For scores of African nations, that was the definitive Plan B to jail break from the western monetary system. In 2011 the primary airstrike on Libya got here from a French Mirage fighter jet. France’s bombing marketing campaign began even earlier than the top of emergency talks in Paris between western leaders. After murdering Gaddafi in March 2011, France stole all of Libya’s gold, airlifted it to Paris, and have become the primary nation on this planet to acknowledge the US-fabricated Jihadi insurgent Nationwide Transitional Council because the authentic authorities of Libya.
The French CFA racket in Africa makes the Mafia seem like avenue punks. It means basically that the financial coverage of 14 African nations with a inhabitants of greater than 120 million is managed by the French Treasury in Paris. The Central Financial institution of every African nation was initially required to maintain a minimum of 65 % of their annual overseas change reserves in an “operation account” held on the French Treasury, plus one other 20 % to cowl monetary “liabilities.” Even after some gentle “reforms” had been enacted since September 2005, these nations had been nonetheless required to switch 50 % of their overseas change to Paris, plus 20 % V.A.T. And it will get worse. The CFA Central Banks impose a cap on credit score to every member nation. The French Treasury invests these African overseas reserves in its personal title on the Paris bourse and pulls in huge income on Africa’s dime. Greater than 80 % of overseas reserves of African nations have been in “operation accounts” managed by the French Treasury since 1961, and none of those states has sovereignty over their financial coverage. The theft would not cease there: the French Treasury makes use of African reserves as in the event that they had been French capital, as collateral in pledging belongings to French funds to the EU and the ECB. Throughout the “FranceAfrique” spectrum, France nonetheless, in the present day, controls the foreign money, overseas reserves, the comprador elites, and commerce enterprise. French conglomerate Bolloré controls port and marine transport all through West Africa; Bouygues/Vinci dominates development and public works, water, and electrical energy distribution; Whole has large stakes in oil and fuel. After which there’s France Telecom and massive banking – Societe Generale, Credit score Lyonnais, BNP-Paribas, AXA (insurance coverage), Areva – France’s greatest firm (uranium) – and so forth. France de facto controls the overwhelming majority of infrastructure in Francophone Africa. It’s a digital monopoly. “FranceAfrique” is all about hardcore neocolonialism. Insurance policies are issued by the President of the Republic of France and his “African cell.” They don’t have anything to do with parliament, or any democratic course of, for the reason that occasions of Charles De Gaulle. The “African cell” is a Basic Command. They use the French navy equipment to put in “pleasant” comprador leaders and eliminate those who threaten the system. There is no such thing as a diplomacy concerned. The French exploitation scheme turned shaken to its core by the 2022 navy coup of Captain Ibrahim Traoré, now President of the transitional authorities of Burkina Faso, and the latest navy coup of Basic Abdourahmane Tchiani in Niger in July 2023.