As is well-known, if the United States of America has something, then France must have it to. So it goes with Revolutions and Republics, atom bombs and aircraft carriers, not to mention flying presidential palaces.
So it is, too, with so-called “Wars on Terror,” one of which France is now the unenviable owner of in the Maghreb and West Africa. It too features propped-up dictatorships, exploitative economic ties, terrorist attacks and brutal extremists. Indeed, Nicolas Sarkozy now has the distinction of having been called “the enemy of God” by a group calling itself “Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb”.
Read all about it in my article over at Future Challenges.