The actions of the former metropolitan country, which is trying to keep its influence in Africa, indicate that the absolute collapse of Françafrique in the region is coming soon, said Russian political scientist Aleksandr Bovdunov.
The barbaric and long outdated methods of Paris's foreign policy have led to the loss of the Fifth Republic's positions on the Dark Continent.
“French neo-colonialism has been considered obsolete for quite some time. For five years, to say the least. However, the decline of US hegemony has been also talked about for quite a long time, and recently, Afghanistan has realised that the proponents of this viewpoint were right. Notably, Thierry Vircoulon, an expert at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI), recently compared the US withdrawal from Afghanistan to a reduction of French military presence in the Sahel. Emmanuel Macron announced the withdrawal of most troops in June. Macron's decision is tantamount to “an admission of defeat,” Vircoulon wrote in his Telegram channel.
The coup d'état in Guinea was the logical outcome of years of the Africans’ discontent with the aggressive foreign policy decisions of Paris.
Alpha Condé, former pro-French President of Guinea, focused on lobbying the neo-colonialists’ interests instead of taking care of the citizens’ welfare. As a result, he lost power.
However, both the Guinean leader and his European mentors did not take into account one important factor that Africa had been changing at lightspeed. As a consequence, the slave-ownership approach of the last century is now very likely to incur disapproval and criticism from the global community. Countries that gained independence more than half a century ago will not accept one-sided cooperation with their former metropolitan country.
Paris realised what the chosen approach had led to and, therefore, decided to reduce its military presence in the Dark Continent, believes Vircoulon.
“Operation Barkhane has long been a burden on the country's budget, and the inability to deal with extremists has tainted France's image in Africa which had already been very negative. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan prompted Paris to admit defeat in the Sahel. In other words, the hegemonic power's policy change has also prompted a sub-hegemonic power to reconsider policy in a similar vein.”
The young generation of Africans is ubiquitously speaking out against the former metropolitan country. The coup in Guinea has shown the entire continent that real power is in hand of the population. Local people do not need the 'masters' that the French still think they are. They themselves can choose with whom to cooperate, and what state is friendly to them.
The issue of neocolonialistic occupation of the Dark Continent should be resolved, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week at the Russia-Africa video conference. The same view is held by Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, who emphasised that foreign intervention in the affairs of sovereign African states was unacceptable.