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The Dark Side To French-African Ties

NPR | Feb. 15, 2013 1:18 p.m.

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Eleanor Beardsley

President Francois Hollande’s visit to Mali, after French troops routed Islamist extremists, brings to mind France’s long relationship with its former colonies in Africa. African troops helped France and the allies defeat Hitler’s forces, and Hollande expressed gratitude for that while he was in Mali. But there’s also a dark side to the French-African connection.

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