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From ‘Beyrouth’ to ‘Déroute’?: Some reflections on the 10th Sommet de la Francophonie, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 25–26 November 2004

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It was, indeed, the two-year old conflict in the Ivory Coast that was to dominate the Francophone Summit. November 2004 having been a month of unprecedented violence in that country, in which France was increasingly implicated: the Ivory Coast government's aerial bombings of the rebel forces and the collateral killing of French soldiers; France's retaliatory bombing of the Ivorian air force; the subsequent flight of thousands of French citizens from the war-torn country. Just a few days before the Summit, Laurent Gbagbo, the President of the Ivory Coast, had even accused France of ‘une politique néo-coloniale’ and hisneighbour, Burkina Faso, the Summit's host nation of trying to ‘déstabiliser’ the region.
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Keywords: Burkino Faso; Françafrique; Guillaume Soro; Ivory Coast; Laurent Gbagbo; l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Australian National University

Publication date: 2005-04-01

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