• Presidential election Elysée 2017: Africa forgotten!

Presidential election Elysée 2017: Africa forgotten!

The French presidential election in two rounds was held on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The Eleven competing candidates must succeed François Hollande who had admitted his failure. Actually, he has been poorly evaluated at all levels, including in terms of French African policy. In this particular context, the candidates presented their ambitious political programs to attract the French voters who call for real social change. Still, if the candidates are concerned about their fellow citizens’ situation, they do not pay special attention to Africa, France’s historic partner.

By Makaila Nguebla *


Linked to France by colonial past and historical ties, Africa, has not attracted the attention of the 11 candidates involved in the presidential election Elysée 2017. Indeed, several observers most involved in the French political arena, found out that over the three months of election campaign, African issues were evacuated from the concerns of possible successors to Francois Hollande. One of them, however, lived and grew up in Africa, especially in Dakar, the socialist Benoît Hamon.


Perceived as the nest of armed conflicts, civil wars, natural calamities and scourges of all kinds, Africa was literally obscured in the French presidential election. The West, in general, is only interested in Black African countries and Maghreb for their economic potential and their exploitable manpower, but without thinking of promoting democracy, social justice, good economic governance and the Rule of Law with its various and varied components, a prerequisite for economic growth, political stability and social peace. During the campaign, the debates focused on international security and immigration as they directly threaten European countries invaded by migrants fleeing areas of conflict and war.


On March 23, 2017, Marine Le Pen, a candidate for the presidential election, went to Chad where she met Chadian leader, Idriss Deby, a partner of Paris in countering terrorist groups in the Sahel, headquarted by Barkhane Operation. For the candidate of the National Front (FN), the Chadian president enjoys a good reputation and experience and has therefore performed a key role in France’s and Europe’s security policies, granting him, today, both complacency and laxity of some international institutions such as the European Union, which thus exempts him from all criticism of his power which represses the civil society and his people.


In terms of elections, year 2016 was a nightmare for struggling people who saw their victories taken by autocratic regimes such as Gabon, Chad, Congo and Djibouti, whose leaders are real partners of Paris and enjoy permanent and unconditional support from France. Today, the main concern of Africans includes respect for human rights and freedoms, social justice and free and transparent elections leading to a credible political change suffering from no dispute and consolidating democratic achievements. Unfortunately, these values, dear to France, are systematically transgressed by long dictatorships which regularly cooperate with the various French political classes which have succeeded each other in power, all political obedience confused.

In addition, the thorny issue of the French military bases, the CFA Franc and the environment ragging African capitals in recent months. They have not been discussed or raised by the candidates for the presidential election, which has become a real issue for Africa.


After sixty years of pseudo-independence, Africans are increasingly aware that their future will not depend on the outcome of the presidential election in France as it will in any way change their totally-deteriorated social conditions. That is why, from Dakar to Ouagadougou, to Rabat, via Tunis, a transnational citizen awakening is set to continental ambitions to take the destiny of the peoples and lead it to a better tomorrow without exclusive where all the people live in dignity in a conquering Africa, rid of stereotypes it undergoes.


The expertise and rich experience of a relaxed African Diaspora is contributing to meeting the many challenges to a total emancipation of the continent. The lack of genuine debates on Africa during the 2017 French presidential election, rightly testifies that the concerns of the continent and their Peoples are far from the agenda of the candidates who give little credit to the historical relations between France and Africa and must nevertheless be reviewed for the interest of each other.


* Makaila Nguebla is a Chadian journalist, exiled in Paris, and author of http://www.makaila.fr.blog


Author : Makaila Nguebla // Photo : © Makaila Nguebla

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