Senghor, Léopold Sédar
January 1961
Foreign Affairs;Jan1961, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p240
The article focuses on political developments in West Africa. According to the author, the French Community created by the French president Charles de Gaulle in full agreement with representatives of Africa is one of the greatest achievements of the present time. It enables the former mother country and its erstwhile colonies to form a friendly cultural and economic union and thus forge a lasting link between Western Europe and Africa. The Constitution of the Community stressed the principle of equality among the member states. As the people of French cultural background and language evolve, the Community wil become the same fruitful means of cooperation. The new bridges between Africa and Europe will be built without mental reservations on one side about colonial domination and without fears in Europe that she is going to be colonized by former colonies. Thus the economic and social development of Africa and Western economic expansion will both be advanced. However, the Mali Federation was not able to resist the separatist tendencies which endanger any federation of states not of equal weight.


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