As previously announced, starting today, and on Thursdays during the months of August and September, Al Jazeera will screen three documentary series that spotlight the complex and topical relationship between France and Africa.
In January 2013, France responded to Mali’s request for assistance by launching a military intervention in Mali to prevent the Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups from taking control of the country.
Is France pursuing a neo-colonial policy? Is it continuing “Françafrique,” the term coined to define France’s relationships with its former African colonies in which it supported unpopular African politicians for the sake of its economic interests in the region?
In a recent visit to Dakar, French president Francois Hollande declared the end of the “Françafrique” era. But is that really the case?
The series begins today, Thursday, 8 August 2013, with The French-African Connection, described as a gripping three-part series that tells the dramatic history of France’s relationships with its former African colonies.
The French-African Connection is a brutal and nefarious tale of corruption; massacres; dictators supported and progressive leaders murdered; weapons-smuggling; cloak-and-dagger secret services; and spectacular military operations.
The series includes interviews with former oil barons; investigating judges into corruption scandals; former French ambassadors to African states; former French secret services; African presidents; and Francois Mitterand’s son.
The first episode premieres today.
Embedded below you’ll find promos for episodes 1 and 2, providing a glimpse at what to expect.
Episode 1 promo: