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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Francophone countries in Africa have had trouble implementing democracy. Gabon, where a former dictator's son has just won a second term as president in a controversial election, is the poster child for this disease. Why does this happen? Part of the answer lies in France's postcolonial geopolitical strategy. Is there any hope? For ordinary Gabonese, that appears unlikely.
China’s interest in closer relations with France presents an impressive array of opportunities and risks. Economically, China’s hunger for technology and resources and France’s need for cash and markets make for a good fit between the partners. Yet Paris must weigh the benefits of Realpolitik against the dangers of strengthening a global competitor who may be seeki...