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Jun 23, 2017

Southern Cameroons: SCACUF calls on Women to step in the gap

Ever since the struggle to restore Ambazonia from the clutches of the colonial ...
Jun 23, 2017

Cameroon: Suicide Explosion Kills Two And Injures One In Mora

A suicide explosion early Friday, 23.06.2017 in Mora, Far North region of ...
Jun 23, 2017

Cameroon adopts new law to heavily sanction protesting soldiers

Soldiers and other military personnel found guilty of acts of insubordination, ...
Jun 23, 2017

Yaounde: Floods hit Symbock neighborhood leaving many homeless

The population of symbock neighbourhood in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital got up ...
Jun 23, 2017

Boko Haram Insurgents Clash With Cameroonian Soldiers In A Fierce Battle

The Cameroonian army and Boko Haram terrorists were engaged in a violent, ...
Jun 23, 2017

Common Law Bench at the Supreme Court underway as Parliament Scrutinises Bill

President Paul Biya has sent a bill to Parliament to reform the Supreme Court. ...
Jun 22, 2017

Essos-Yaounde: A house under construction collapses killing young student doing holiday job

With the advent of the holidays, students engage in holiday jobs to help reduce ...
Jun 22, 2017

Confederations cup 2017: Australia-Cameroon match ends in a 1-1 tie

To the disappointment of Hugo Broos and his boys who had before the match, made ...
Jun 22, 2017

Confederations cup 2017: Lions face Australia in must win match

The Cameroon National team shall be playing today at 4:00pm, their second match ...
Jun 22, 2017

Cameroon: 10 Dead In Boko Haram Suicide Attacks In Kolofata

Two Boko Haram suicide bombers have blown themselves up in Cameroon, killing ...
Jun 22, 2017

Fireworks in Parliament As Wirba dares Speaker, "Resistance Must Continue"

The dramatic return of Hon Joseph Wirba into the Glass House was not without ...
Jun 21, 2017

Breaking News: Nso Warrior Wirba crosses the line Again! Storms Parliament

We are getting reports from the Ngoa Ekelle Glass house that, Hon Joseph Wirba ...
Jun 21, 2017

Biya gives Guidelines for 2018 State Budget, Critics cry foul.

The Head of state, Pul Biya has begun defining the main contours of the 2018 ...
Jun 21, 2017

Teche's intention to unseat Fru Ndi spark Ferocious Backdoor campaign

The announcement by Felix Teche to challenge long serving chairman Fru Ndi has ...
Jun 21, 2017

Cameroon: Biya's controversial laptops 'coming soon'

Cameroon says the Exim Bank of China has made available the amount of FCFA ...
Jun 21, 2017

Cameroon: Boko Haram drug dealers apprehended in Fotokol

Custom officers at their Fotokol control duty post, are said to have seized ...

Sports / Games

June 22, 2017
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To the disappointment of Hugo Broos and his boys who had before the match, made winning their number one priority, they now only have God to pray to,
June 22, 2017
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The Cameroon National team shall be playing today at 4:00pm, their second match of the Russian Confederations cup against Australia. This
June 18, 2017
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Cameroon have crumbled before Chile in the Confederations Cup in Russia. The winners of Copa America put up a spirited fight whose reward were two
June 18, 2017
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The Portuguese Primeira Liga side have secured the services of the 25-year-old Cameroonian midfielder in order to boosts their midfield compartment.
June 17, 2017
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LISBON (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the
June 17, 2017
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The opening ceremony of the tournament has unfolded in pomp and pageantry. Host nation Russia made a spectacular opener by lambasting New Zealand 2

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Ever since the struggle to restore Ambazonia from the clutches of the colonial slave masters; La Republic, the silence of our women has been worrisome, but for a handful who in very confident and
May 23, 2017
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The president of La Republique signed a series of decrees appointing and dismissing local administrators on Monday.The message,that was read on the lone state broadcaster CRTV, brought tears and joy
June 22, 2017
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The town of Bamenda has again witnessed a normal phenomenon of ‘‘self justice’’ when it concerns stealing but this time around it is not the public administering mob justice to a thief but a father
June 23, 2017
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Cameroon military have neutralised a suspected female suicide bomber early today in the city of Kolofata in the Far North region of Cameroon as reported by French Newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel. Boko
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

June 15, 2017
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Catholic bishops in Cameroon made a spectacular media outing on Thursday during which they asserted in very strong terms that their brother Benoit
June 15, 2017
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Bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon have called the government to fish out the masterminds behind the dramatic disappearance and
June 07, 2017
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Arch Bishop Emeritus of the Douala Diocese ,Christian Cardinal Tumi says the recent developments against the religious body in the country instead
June 06, 2017
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The Vatican has  appointed Bishop Abraham Kome, Bishop of Bafang, as the new apostolic administrator of the diocese of Bafia.The appointment was made
June 06, 2017
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At the same time, Cameroonians have been wondering why the Apostolic Nuncio in Yaounde, Mgr Piero Pioppo who should be an integral part of the
June 06, 2017
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The man of God who was surrounded by many other clergy could not control his emotions when he addressed the huge number of Christians who had broken

Business / Economy

June 22, 2017
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The said Economic partnership agreement EPA between Cameroon and the European Union which entered into vigour since 4th of August 2016 has been in
June 21, 2017
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  According to a document released by the Autonomous sinking fund of Cameroon (CAA),the country's short term debt by May 31st 2017 stood at 7.6% of
June 19, 2017
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According to information published by the  United Nations Conference on Commerce and Development (UNCCD) last  June 7 2017,  from 1990 to 2016,
June 15, 2017
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United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) successfully raised USD500 million, though a debut Eurobond, which was 240% over-subscribed. The significant
June 12, 2017
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Another internet access provider has joined the already competitive internet market in Cameroon. Konnect Africa is an affiliate of French giant
June 12, 2017
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The Cameroonian government and the European Union delegation (EU) in Cameroon just signed a financing agreement for FCfa 6.6 billion. This funding

Health / Medical

June 21, 2017
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Brazzaville, 21 June 2017 – For the first time, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is convening a meeting of global leaders and thinkers to
June 18, 2017
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JOHANNESBURG — Among the people socializing in a tavern in Alexandra township in Johannesburg is Karabo Sathekge, who asked that VOA not give her
June 01, 2017
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The Nkululu neighbourhood has witnessed a one of a kind incident on Tuesday when two kids 3 and 6 years old died mysteriously. The cause of death is
May 29, 2017
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The Minister of Public Health Andre Mama Fouda, is expected today 29 May 2017 at the Douala General hospital, the Laquintinie hospital and the 
May 26, 2017
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An international humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mercy Ships, has pledged to rescue some 1,400 destitute patients suffering from
May 21, 2017
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The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic republic of Congo increased to 29 cases from the previous 21. The World Health Organization says of the

Daily / Newsbrief

June 23, 2017
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The population of symbock neighbourhood in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital got up this Wednesday morning June 22 2017 in tears and sorrow as floods had
June 22, 2017
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With the advent of the holidays, students engage in holiday jobs to help reduce the budget for back to school on the part of their parents. A
June 21, 2017
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Custom officers at their Fotokol control duty post, are said to have seized 200kg of drugs which were destined for the Nigerian based terrorist group
June 21, 2017
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A bus belonging to a transport agency, collided with a trailer at the Sambo locality. The road accident occurred on Friday 16 June, on the
June 20, 2017
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Four armed robbers are gnashing their teeths behind bars in Douala after haven been apprehended by the Tenth Police District.  The gang has been
June 20, 2017
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A man of age 70 after haven taken of few bottles of beer fell in a water tank owned by a water distribution company. This man had missed his steps

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Showbiz / Music

June 18, 2017
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Cameroonian rapper Mahlox, who is popularly known for his song "ça sort comme ça sort", was reportedly agressed yestersay June 17. He had gone to
June 10, 2017
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A young Cameroonian singer is currently under intensive medical care in Yaoundé after narrowly escaping death in a rather shocking car accident.
June 03, 2017
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Some artist decided to boycott a conference for musicians which held in Douala yesterday. According to reports this conference was organized by one
June 03, 2017
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The reaction of a popular Cameroonian musician to the death of Bishop Jean Marie Balla  is making headlines across the country, especially on social
June 03, 2017
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A young musician lost her  life on Friday in the Ngousso neighbourhoods in Yaoundé in a road accident. Merveille Tsand'Mbe of the Macase band was
April 13, 2017
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Comedian Charlie Murphy, a performer on “Chappelle’s Show” and Eddie Murphy’s older brother, has died at the age of 57. Murphy died on Wednesday

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