Anger against France grows in countries formerly part of France’s colonial empire as France sides with autocratic country rulers and not the people

by Adam Nossiter

Niger’s president, Mamadou Tandja, far right, next to Alain Joyandet, France’s secretary of state for cooperation.  French president Sarkozy promised “a new relationship” with Africa three years ago, saying it would be “equal, and freed of the scars of the past.” His first cooperation secretary, Jean-Marie Bockel, later reinforced the message, saying he wanted to “sign the death warrant” of the old France-Africa relationship.” But Mr. Bockel was soon out of his post after offending Gabon’s President Bongo’s father with his anticorruption declarations. His replacement, Mr. Joyandet, has been careful to moderate his tone when speaking of African autocrats. Photo: Boureima Hama/Agence France-Press — Getty Images

DAKAR, Senegal — A waiter, reacting to the mosquitoes plaguing a customer on a recent hot night here, said sharply, “Those aren’t mosquitoes; those are French people!”

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