Drawing on the War on Terror’s model of drones and special forces deployments, the French government is keeping troops on the ground in Africa.
Joshua Craze is writing a book about war and bureaucracy for Fitzcarraldo Editions. He is a fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and he regularly publishes on international politics in the Baffler, n+1, and the Guardian.
At home, French politicians mainstream far-right conspiracies about the replacement of whites by African immigrants. Abroad, they continue to intervene militarily and economically in the continent. Both are signs of a nation unwilling to accept its decline.