“Strongly challenged in what was once its pre-square in Africa, France must also deal with the growing disenchantment of part of the opinion. If Paris wants to avoid an irreversible loss of influence in its former colonies, it will have to manage the current revolt with tact”, advises Jean Baptiste Placca, in his column of February 19, 2022, following the French decision to withdraw the Barkhane force. . of Mali. And the martial tone of the Malian authorities to France, to decamp faster than that, no less than the governor of Bamako Ami Kane would have done to the retail traders of Dabanani and Malitel da.
At this time, it is to be feared that this counselor will appear like a twilight bird, arriving after mass. If it opposed, nine years ago to the entry of the FAMa in Kidal, France undoubtedly saw in the current diplomatic upheavals, the ping-pong and other war of the press releases between French and Malian authorities, facts which reflect this loss of influence in its former colonies, so feared by the chronicler.
The recommendation to “manage the current rebellion with tact” is not well timed, the damage has already been done and the facts are clear. Because after a false maneuver and the irreversible accident, no dexterity can be used more than to administer gestures that save, to put the pieces back together. France has lost its luster in its former colonies such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and elsewhere, even if the authorities of certain countries, far from being in tune with their peoples, and which only represent their shadow, make France believe that they have the situation in hand, before being forced one day to abandon the palace in favor of popular uprisings or mutinies in the camps.
Isn’t it time for France to stop caporalising the Malian people through a few lazy leaders, who live off the exploitation of the misery of youth and the fairer sex, whom they infantilize and transform into cattle election to come to power and use it to the detriment of the general interest. Because of this patrimonial management, in Mali proliferate in this political class, users of the State, who are not statesmen.
It is to have illusions or to want to bamboozle, to invite to all dexterity in “the current sling”. France is not in a position to manage with tact, because this Africa has already made it clear that it is an asset management that suits the former colonial power, and that it is this type of management that it wishes to see impose the authorities in Africa on their people. This apartheid has a hard life, which sees the French authorities imposing on the African peoples by the African leaders, what they themselves would not dare to impose on the French people.
We are witnesses to the encouragement of President Emmanuel Macron, his Ministers Jean Ives Le Drian of Foreign Affairs and Florence Parly of Defense to the Heads of State of ECOWAS and UEMOA to sanction and maintain the sanctions against Mali knowing full well that the authorities and the people of Mali mouth the same flute. The popular legitimacy of the military in power, called out of contempt “junta in power”, is proportional to the rejection of the political class in the esteem of the Malian people, who no longer adhere to this fool’s game.
France at the top of Europe
The time is no longer to save the influence of France in its former colonies, but rather to prevent France from involving the European States, some of which are acting in a spirit of cohesion and solidarity. . Isn’t it certain that there are European countries who would not appreciate having non-diplomatic relations with Mali, because its greatest evil is to assume its sovereignty as a member state of the United Nations ? – United first?
Arguments such as “military in power” or “refusal to hold elections” are not convincing, just looking at the similar situation in Chad, Africa’s third largest. What are we told?
“This refusal to organize the elections” has an explanation that Paris and its advisers refuse to see. What is the point of settling into democratic denial through elections that are not? Who benefits from the rigged elections, to fall back into the endless cycle of post-election demonstrations, violence and human rights violations, then the coup d’etat, an imprescriptible crime? And again, and again? Who is pulling the strings in Mali?
A huge failure
It is this reconquest of national sovereignty over the whole of Malian territory, this desire to establish a democratic regime after repeated electoral failures since the fall of President Moussa Traoré in 1991, this duty to establish social justice and fight against impunity, which explains this refusal to comply with external injunctions to organize the elections while the Malian people mostly adhere to this vision of the authorities and want it to be carried out. And it is the insistence on wearing the straitjacket that explains the feeling of distrust vis-à-vis France, whose forces we have the impression allow the progression of terrorists in Mali.
Malians who have been living as pariahs for many years are reduced to tearing down the wall in the concert of Nations, due to anti-democratic governance, growing security, a corrupt and nepotistic system. Faced with these practices, neither ECOWAS nor France are offended in this way. It remained an internal problem when chaotic elections could not be contained by the Constitutional Court, led to the dissolution of the National Assembly, the consolidation of the Constitutional Court, an absence of government…
Describing the current situation, the columnist Jean Baptiste Placca writes: “It is a huge failure, of which each party should take its part, especially since the consequences are in front of us, and not behind. France, challenged in its pre-square, leaves a part of its prestige there, because this story is the illustration of what Dominique de Villepin, in one of his fulgurances, has, lately, described as “disinfluence”.
Indeed, in most of the former French colonies in West and Central Africa, the French banks that held the upper hand are lagging behind or have simply disappeared. The business communities of these countries will be equipped, supplied from China, Turkey, Dubai, and almost more from Paris. The heart is no longer there. They even go to Turkey or Tunisia for treatment.
France is losing its footing in this Africa which has long allowed it to maintain its rank in the world. If it is exaggerated to speak of anti-French sentiment, to suggest that African opinion today overflows with love for France is difficult to understand. France has had monopolistic relations with Africa.
In economy as in love, monopolies, by dint of lasting, end up creating a comfort of little effort in those who benefit from them, and a more or less open form of mistrust in those who suffer them. This is why all of Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to conquer the new generations so often come up against the glass ceiling that is the accumulated liabilities, and certain survivals of which still come, from time to time, to pollute all progress. Which is well said. But whose fault is it?