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Is France a force for good in the world?

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Background

The French Revolution at the end of the 18th century involved the mass murder of the Christian clergy and the destruction and desecration of tens of thousands of churches. Those priests who were not killed were exiled, 30,000 of them. Overall, the Reign of Terror resulted in around 17,000 official executions and hundreds of thousands more killed due to revolts and unrecorded murders.

This genocidal behavior came in the name of Reason, first and foremost, but also Freedom and Equality. About 30 years later, starting in 1830, France invaded and colonized Algeria. They killed between 500,000 to 1 million Muslims, out of a total population of 3 million. About 1 out of 3 Muslims were killed in a deliberate program of extermination that numerous historians have documented. The French deliberately targeted imams and scholars for assassination, imprisonment, and torture. Countless masajid were destroyed.

Today, the bloodlust of France is still not quenched.

Nuclear Tests

Altogether, Paris exploded more than 200 nuclear devices. Most were in remote atolls of French Polynesia, but the first 17 took place in Algeria's desert. In 1996, French President President Jacques Chirac called a halt to the testing.

The nuclear tests in Algeria ran from 1960-1966, resulting in an unspecified number of victims ranging between 27,000 and 100,000 persons. To date only one Algerian has been compensated.

The French government always maintained its nuclear operations were carried out safely. Yet a confidential military report, first obtained by the French newspaper Le Parisien in 2010, indicated soldiers had been used as “guinea pigs” to study the effects of radiation on human health. According to the report, a 1961 nuclear test involved military personnel advancing on foot and in trucks to within a few hundred metres of the epicentre of a nuclear blast less than an hour after detonation. A 2008 survey conducted by the French nuclear test veterans' association Aven showed that 35% of the polled veterans had one or more types of cancer and one in five had become infertile.

African Colonialism

For African leaders who stood up to the French never ending imperialist tendencies, they have generally met with death. France has regularly eliminated presidents who posed a threat to their imperialist plans and collaborated with other Western powers to assassinate African presidents they deem a threat to their interests.

French intelligent services, The External Documentation and Anti-Espionage Service (SDECE), DGSE and DST have been very active in doing the work underpinning coups and assassinations.

French crimes in Africa have comprised:

  • misinformation campaigns,
  • controlling black-skinned governors (puppet presidents) and
  • military propaganda.

France has always ensured former colonies remain under control, the CFA Franc, a colonial currency, used to keep former colonies from attaining economic independence.

Here is a list of African presidents assassinated from 1963 onwards:

– 1963: SYLVANUS OLYMPIO, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF TOGO

– 1966: JOHN-AGUIYI IRONSI, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF NIGERIA

– 1969: ABDIRACHID-ALI SHERMAKE, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF SOMALIA

– 1972: ABEID-AMANI KARUMÉ, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. FROM ZANZIBAR

– 1975: RICHARD RATSIMANDRAVA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MADAGASCAR

– 1975: FRANÇOIS-NGARTA TOMBALBAYE, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF CHAD

– 1976: MURTALA-RAMAT MOHAMMED, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. FROM NIGERIA

– 1977: MARIEN NGOUABI, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE

– 1977: TEFERI BANTE, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. ETHIOPIA

– 1981: ANOUAR EL-SADATE, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. FROM EGYPT

– 1981: WILLIAM-RICHARD TOLBERT, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF LIBERIA

– 1987: THOMAS SANKARA, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF BURKINA-FASO

– 1989: AHMED ABDALLAH, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. COMOROS

– 1989: SAMUEL-KANYON DOE, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF LIBERIA

– 1992: MOHAMMED BOUDIAF, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. ALGERIA

– 1993: MELCHIOR NDADAYÉ, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. FROM BURUNDI

– 1994: CYPRIEN NTARYAMIRA, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF BURUNDI

– 1994: JUVENAL HABYARIMANA, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF RWANDA

– 1999: IBRAHIM BARRÉ-MAINASSARA, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. OF NIGER

– 2001: LAURENT-DESIRED KABILA, PRESIDENT OF THE REP. CONGO-KINSHASA

– 2009 JOÃO BERNARDO VIEIRA, PRESIDENT OF GUINEA-BISSAU

– 2011: MUAMMAR GADDAFI, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBYA


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