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5 Quotes From French Leaders That Reveal How Much France Depends on Africa for Its Survival


Former Prime Minister François Mitterrand

“Without Africa, France will have no history in the 21st century.” — Former Prime Minister François Mitterrand, in 1957


Former French President Jacques René Chirac

“… Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third [world] power.” — Former French President Jacques René Chirac, in 2008

Former French Minister Jacques Godfrain

Former French Minister Jacques Godfrain

“… A little country [France], with a small amount of strength, we can move a planet because [of our] relations with 15 or 20 African countries …”  — Former French Minister Jacques Godfrain, in 2011


French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici

“We have to speak the language of truth: African growth pulls us along. Its dynamism supports us and its vitality is stimulating for us … We need Africa.” — Speech by French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, December, 2013


President François Hollande

“… France, along with Europe, would like to be even more involved in the destiny of your continent … tomorrow’s economy will heavily depend on the strength and vibrancy of African businesses … The goal I have set is to double the level of trade between France and Africa in five years.” — Speech by Current President François Hollande at the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, December, 2013

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