6 March 2013, 19:17

France’s colonial policies: past and future

France’s colonial policies: past and future
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This Monday a special anti-colonialism week ended in Paris. The event sought to highlight not only the injustices of the country’s colonial past, but also to emphasize ongoing issues related to that history, including immigration, racism, economic expansion in developing nations and involvement in overseas military campaigns.

This Monday a special anti-colonialism week ended in Paris. The event sought to highlight not only the injustices of the country’s colonial past, but also to emphasize ongoing issues related to that history, including immigration, racism, economic expansion in developing nations and involvement in overseas military campaigns.

Though this is an annual event, but this time it evoked mixed feelings given France’s military operation in one of its former colonies Mali, that is not to mention the role of the previous Government of Nicolas Sarkozy in Libya which has sparked off the chain reaction we are witnessing now in the growing number of African countries.

So, how does France view its colonial history and to what extent does it influence the present? How does this relate to the country’s current economic and foreign strategies and are we seeing the growth of the neocolonialist policies?

These are the questions we’ve been discussing with our guest speakers – French journalist Dimitry De Koshko; Pr. Philippe Moreau Defarges of French institute of Foreign Policy in Paris; and Dr. Hamdy Hassan – Director of the Center for African Future Studies in UAE.

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