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Dec 16, 2017

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Sports / Games

December 10, 2017
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Former Cameroon international Benjamin Massing, whose crunching tackles at the World Cup in 1990 earned him an infamous reputation, died aged 55 on
December 07, 2017
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have both won the award five times on the last 10 occasions Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat
December 01, 2017
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The draws for the 2018 world cup in Russia are done and one can now certainly say a particular team is in either group A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H.
December 01, 2017
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November 29, 2017
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The Confederation of African Football has decided to follow the footsteps of FIFA by introducing the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) as from the
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December 16, 2017
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A preacher once told his congregation: “Next week, I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.” The following Sunday as he prepared to
November 08, 2017
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December 07, 2017
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The allocation of land for the construction of a health centre in Mbongong, Ndu turned ugly on Wednesday December 6, as the exercise ended in clashes between the Wimbum population of Mbongong and the
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Why is France finding  it difficult to let go its former colonies?

France is facing a second and final round in its presidential election. The winner has the daunting task of reviewing policy on Africa as the former colonies still play a significant role in French national life.

Frances's presidential candidates are all too well aware of the importance that their country attaches to Africa and the former colonies. In the middle of a domestic election campaign, Marine le Pen visited the West African state of Chad and Emmanuel Macron went to Algeria. 

Views on the whys and wherefores of France's Africa policy differ hugely. Incumbent French President Francois Hollande maintains that Frnace does not intervene in Africa to pursue its own interests, nor does it seek to change the rules of African politics or bring about regime change.    

"France supports Africa because we believe it has great potential," Hollande said. 

France's presence in Africa is focused largely on its former colonies. During painful process of decolonization in the 1960s and 1970s, "La Grande Nation" never lost sight of its own interests. Use of the French language in the former French territories remains obligatory. There are still two currency unions in existence - the West African CFA franc and the Central African CFA franc - to which a total of 15 African states belong. Currency reserves are held in France's central bank. It is open to dispute whether the CFA offer greater advantages to France or the African states,  

          

Strong links

French corporations such as the construction company Bolloré, the oil giant Total and the telecoms group Orange maintain a massive presence in the ex-colonies.

Stefan Brüne, an expert on Franco-African relations at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, believes nonetheless that French influence in Africa may be waning slightly, but it is still very much in evidence.      

"There are still strong links between Paris and the former colonies,"  he said

French companies import commodities from many West and Central African countries, such as uranium ore from Niger and Gabon or cocoa from Ivory Coast.  About 9,000 French soldiers are stationed in those countries. Their mandate is to fight terrorists and train African troops.

Philippe Hugon, a French Africa specialist, believes the emphasis in French engagement in Africa is shifting  

"France is now less involved in trade, finance and investment, but it is maintaining its influence on monetary policy and its military presence," he said. 

However, the French are facing growing competition. China has established close ties with many African countries and the United States has been also displaying greater commitment to Africa in recent years. 

Growing EU role

It costs France a lot of money to maintain its role a as major player in Africa. Military interventions are not cheap, neither is the development aid which France dispatches to Africa. France has its own domestic economic problems and is therefore finding it increasingly difficult to finance its African operations. Another factor is that the 28-nation European Union, of which France is a member, is becoming more active in Africa. The impact on France's own national policy on Africa could be profound, said Stefan Brüne.                    

"It would mean that part of the Parisian political elite would lose the means to exert influence and I do not think that they would be prepared to accept that," he said.

Several presidents and presidential candidates have promised to reform France's policy on Africa and to move from a position of dominance to that of a partner among equals. In practice, however, such promises have changed very little.     

African politicians, meanwhile, can be heard telling their citizens that their respective countries need to be less dependent on France, the former colonial power. One recent example was President Alpha Conde of Guinea-Conakry, who currently holds the presidency of the 55-nation African Union.        

"We are still closely associated with former colonial power. Let's cut the umbilical cord," Conde said defiantly.

But two weeks later, Condé visited Paris and thanked President Hollande for doing so much for Africa.

Macron on Africa

Emmanuel Macron, the shooting star of the French election campaign, has been giving the impression every now and again that he wants to change France's policy towards its former colonies. During his trip to Algeria in February, he said that colonialism was a part of French history, a crime against humanity and truly barbaric. "We must face up to this part of our history and apologize to those who were at the receiving end," he said.

His remarks were greeted with cries of indignation in France and he quickly backpedalled, returning to a more traditional interpretation of France's Africa policy.

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Religion / Church

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November 15, 2017
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September 25, 2017
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September 14, 2017
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Pascal Boade, who served in the Bafia Diocese as a technician and driver, is reported to have died mysteriously three months after the disappearance
August 29, 2017
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Business / Economy

December 14, 2017
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Basile Atangana Kouna, Cameroon’s minister of water and energy, while reporting his activities to the Senate on December 12, 2017, revealed that the
December 12, 2017
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On December 4, 2017, Jean Claude Mbwentchou, Cameroon’s minister of housing (MINHDU) received Tang Lezhen, General manager of China Shenyang
December 06, 2017
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November 23, 2017
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Health / Medical

November 24, 2017
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October 20, 2017
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September 19, 2017
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September 06, 2017
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Daily / Newsbrief

December 16, 2017
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A man has reportedly passed the competitive entrance examination into the National School of Administration and Magistracy after being declared dead
December 10, 2017
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Hon. JK Ntoi, former Member of Parliament of the Ako/ Misaje Special Constituency is no more. Hon. JK Ntoi who in 2013 was recognized by The Eye as
December 08, 2017
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December 07, 2017
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December 06, 2017
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Cameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published today by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture
December 06, 2017
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Showbiz / Music

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July 15, 2017
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July 01, 2017
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June 10, 2017
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