France’s Theft of African Resources

Conflicts in Central Africa tell us how the major Powers view Africa as a playground for proxy influence and conflict, even for plundering resources and seizing the benevolence of peoples.

The colonial period may have officially ended, but his powers continue to dominate Africa through economic empires, security companies, and dictatorial regimes that do not hesitate to summon foreign powers to ensure that they remain in control.

Foreign oil companies in Africa have a long history of supporting dictators to preserve their interests, at the expense of the aspirations of African peoples, but oil companies have not been the sole representative of the forces of neo-colonialism in Africa.

Foreign companies are always accompanied by expanding dictatorial regimes and repression.

The greatest disaster currently affecting Africa, which is draining billions of dollars of its economic resources, remains the growing empire of private security companies, which are deploying tens of thousands of mercenary soldiers whose task is to protect the interests of international companies and their supporting regimes, and which are expanding so graphic that it is about to devour Africa as a whole.

No media coverage of the theft and provoked conflicts

In April 2011, while the world followed the news of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Libya, and Syria; French aircraft were flying heavily in the sky of Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, sending their rockets to destroy the armoriesa around the city, turning the quiet skies of the country into a terrifying display of fireworks. After taking control of Abidjan airport, the aircraft soon turned to the presidential palace, where President Laurent Gbagbo was staying, in support of French man President Hassan Ouattara in Abidjan. This intervention, with international cover, led to the arrest of “Gbagbo,” and sending him to international criminal prosecution for war crimes.

Over the past two decades, France has carried out active military interventions in Djibouti, Mali, Central Africa and Chad, not to mention the presence of its de facto forces in other countries, such as Senegal, Burkina Faso, Congo, Gabon and others. However, these processes do not receive the necessary media coverage and do not draw the attention of defenders of democracy and human rights.

Those concerned with this tragedy are Africans whose Western regimes have always convinced the world that slavery is an “African characteristic and fate of Africans,” and that African slaves forcibly taken to the West would not be better off if they remained in their own country.

Tricked agreements

Under this Western and US – promoted stereotype of Africans, France cells were created to loot in Africa. It began its work with the arrival of Charles de Gaulle in 1958, where de Gaulle granted an agreement to 14 former French colonies in Africa that would gain independence within two years, in exchange for a security agreement with France. It later became clear that it included undisclosed items; first of all, 85 per cent of their incomes under the control of the Central Bank of France, as a kind of equivalent to the infrastructure allegedly built by colonialism, under which France brought about $500 billion into its coffers year after year.

The agreement also gave France exclusive rights to obtain any raw materials discovered in the territory of its former colonies, and gave French companies priority in any economic activities in the country, revealing these and other conditions in the mid-1990s following the famous scandal then known as the “Ilf” case, relative to French national petroleum company “Ilf Actins”, currently known as Total Which served as France’s intelligence arm in its former colonies.

These scenarios have been repeated in several sub-States, including Congo, Guinea and Gabon, where France is proving the rule of character that guarantees its economic interests, covers its thefts, and overthrows people who try to curb the colonizers’ ambitions.

France dominates most of the gold mines in these countries, owning the world’s fourth gold reserve, estimated at more than 2,400 tons, and worth $112 billion, without a single mine on its territory, while all former French colonies have no gold reserves, although some contain many, which produce thousands of tons annually. This is in addition to the uranium used in the production of nuclear energy, which secures 80% of the production of electricity in France, where France takes it from some of those countries at the lowest prices, which makes Paris even more desperate to stay in Africa and to keep its former colonies spinning around, indefinitely, at all costs.

In these countries, construction contracts and infrastructure projects are implemented by French companies, at the most expensive prices, and French companies control all major facilities in a number of these countries, such as water, electricity, telephone, transport, ports, major banks and the same in trade, construction and agriculture. The total amount of the French Government’s loot from Africa is about 500 billion dollars a year.

Although former French President François Hollande and current President Emmanuel Macron have repeatedly confirmed the end of the Frans Afrique era, and that France has replaced its colonial policy in Africa, the reality tells us that the game of influence is still afoot on the brunette continent from East to West and that it takes new forms, drawing new players into the patch every day.

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