Q&A: France’s connections in Africa


In January 2013, France sent a few thousand troops to Mali in a bid to combat rebel fighters who had seized control of the north of the country and were threatening to advance on the capital.

The intervention shed light on some of France’s historical relationships with its former colonies. But what do the country’s historic ties with Africa say about its recent political moves?

Dr Lansine Kaba is a distinguished scholar, writer and professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. He is the recipient of the distinguished Melville J. Herskovits Prize for best work in English in African Studies.

Al Jazeera’s Heather Roy spoke to this leading historian on Africa about the France-Africa connection and what role, if any, this relationship plays today.

Superb article of continuing inteference and influence in Africa today.

Q&A: France’s connections in Africa

Q&A: France’s connections in Africa


In January 2013, France sent a few thousand troops to Mali in a bid to combat rebel fighters who had seized control of the north of the country and were threatening to advance on the capital.

The intervention shed light on some of France’s historical relationships with its former colonies. But what do the country’s historic ties with Africa say about its recent political moves?

Dr Lansine Kaba is a distinguished scholar, writer and professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. He is the recipient of the distinguished Melville J. Herskovits Prize for best work in English in African Studies.

Al Jazeera’s Heather Roy spoke to this leading historian on Africa about the France-Africa connection and what role, if any, this relationship plays today.

Superb article of continuing inteference and influence in Africa today.

Q&A: France’s connections in Africa

Culture of Illusion – Do French Women Masturbate?


I ask this very rude and coarse question simply because the premise of this rather amusing video seems to rest on that very fact:

Perhaps they do and they just never tell the French Men.

Perhaps they are angry that their own sexual needs are never considered.

Perhaps they are irritated that they are seen as little more than objects to be used to satisfy the relentless lusting of men.

Perhaps they are sick of being treated like second class citizens.

Perhaps the mythical love making of the Frenchman is just that, a myth.

Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps.

Oh wait, this is probably all women and all men throughout all Time.

You don’t need to tell me.

It is really none of my business.