Jul 3, 2009

France in Africa - Quotes

Finally some fine comments from Chris:

Africa without France is a car without a driver,” he said. “France without Africa is a car without petrol.” (Bongo)

Elf is not just an oil company but a parallel diplomacy to control certain African states, above all at the key moment of decolonisation. Alongside exploration and production, opaque operations were organised, to keep certain countries stable.

"Critics of China's (dodgy) Africa resources ventures need not look long into the West's own past to see deeds much worse". (Blattman)

The frist 2 quotes are from Nicholas Shaxson's Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil.

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