Friday, April 8, 2011
Ivory Coast: The Future
Gbagbo is still in his bunker, but Alain Juppé is already preparing the future, which in some respects looks like a return to the past. Sarkozy's Africa policy had been predicated on the idea of repudiating the spirit of Françafrique and treating France's former African colonies as full-fledged states. But the Juppé blueprint suggests a new mise en tutelle, at least in the short term, as Ivory Coast's financial system and economy, ruined by Gbagbo's desperate attempt to remain in power, are rebuilt. After that, it remains to be seen whether old habits can truly be broken, especially when the substantial expat population in IC, now thoroughly traumatized by recent events, will probably clamor for closer French involvement.