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Nicolas Sarkozy's Africa policy: Change, continuity or confusion?

Cumming, Gordon David 2013. Nicolas Sarkozy's Africa policy: Change, continuity or confusion? French Politics 11 (1) , pp. 24-47. 10.1057/fp.2012.24

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Three years after inviting Colonel Ghadafi on a state visit, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, was spearheading NATO's campaign against the Libyan regime. This dramatic volte face pointed to a new approach to North Africa, while also highlighting the immobility of French policy towards black Africa. Before being elected, Sarkozy had promised to break with Françafrique. But did he deliver? This article does not confine itself to the usual debate about rupture/continuity but also assesses the extent to which Sarkozy's Africa policy was marked by uncertainty, inconsistency and confusion. It looks for evidence of rupture, continuity and confusion during the Sarkozy era. It then identifies the factors driving and constraining change, as well as the causes of policy incoherence. It ends by exploring the wider implications of this case and identifying future policy directions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: France; Africa; Sarkozy; military; development; democracy
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1476-3419
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:05

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