8 minutes read March 22, 2013 Welcome to Mali Bamako doesn’t feel like the capital of a country at war. True, people are stressed, and the pace of life might have slowed. The city’s building frenzy has subsided. Ça….. Read More 11 minutes read January 14, 2013 France in Mali: the End of the Fairytale Whew, Mali. French air raids against Islamist positions in Mali began Thursday night, and the dust hasn’t settled yet. The news is changing fast, but, three things emerge from the….. Read More 3 minutes read December 21, 2012 French President François Hollande went to Algeria Ah, the warm bath of public affection in the post-colony. French President François Hollande’s visit to Algeria this week was a little odd, on more than one count. Algeria is….. Read More 3 minutes read October 22, 2012 President of France, King of Africa? Why should it be a big deal if a French president gives a speech in Dakar? Lots of reasons. Rarely does anyone walk softly and carry a big stick in….. Read More 4 minutes read April 23, 2012 The other African election: France’s first round What is there to say about that other African election, the one in France? Sunday was the first of two rounds in this presidential contest, which is a lot more….. Read More 2 minutes read January 21, 2012 Paris is a Continent N°7 My friends and the musicians we listen to–we’re mostly the children of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean–prefer Francois Hollande and the Socialists over Sarkozy, but know Hollande won’t win. Read More ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.