Affaires africaines by Pierre Péan

By Pierre Péan

Depuis les débuts de los angeles Ve République, l'Afrique noire a été l'objet d'une awareness très particulière des hauts dirigeants français qui l'ont incluse dans leur " domaine réservé ", sous le contrôle tutélaire et direct de l'Elysée: du Secrétariat aux Affaires africaines et malgaches de Jacques Foccart, sous de Gaulle, jusqu'à ses équivalents actuels.

Nombre d'" affaires " ont révélé, au fil des ans, le caractère difficulty, aventureux et parfois compromettant des relatives entre Paris et certains gouvernants de ses anciennes colonies. " Diamants ", barbouzes, mercenaires, putsches, safaris, sacres impériaux, votes des " Français de l'étranger ", affaires du S.A.C., financement des partis politiques, trafics d'influences, pots de vin et prébendes: l'accent fut alors souvent mis sur des cas de corruption, des excès de potentats locaux _ plus rarement sur les véritables intérêts en reason, les réseaux et groupes de pression, les jeux d'influences réciproques, l'intrication croissante de los angeles politique franco-africaine des gouvernements successifs et de leurs préoccupations de politique intérieure...

Un cas résume à lui seul toute l'ampleur et l'ambiguïté de ces relatives d'" interdépendance ": le Gabon, petit émirat équatorial gorgé de pétrole et d'autres ressources stratégiques. l. a. minutieuse enquête menée par Pierre Péan à partir de cette plaque-tournante des enjeux franco-africains révèle que yes néocolonialisme risque de n'être plus aujourd'hui à sens targeted, et que los angeles politique de Paris n'est pas à l'abri des pressions de lobbies ou de chantages aux renversements d'alliances...

Chronique d'un quart de siècle de kinfolk franco-africaines, ce livre ne constitue pas un mince chapitre de l'histoire secrète de l. a. Ve République.

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He felt inspired to withdraw into the mountains near Mecca for meditations. He too was fascinated by the desert mountains, their peace and the presence of God. From about 610 he had a number of visions and auditions realized as the voice of God, given to him by the Archangel Gabriel: he knew that this was indeed the `religion of Abraham'. e. `The City' (of the Prophet). There he found other exiles from Mecca, who became his devoted supporters. The visions and auditions were assembled into a Holy Book, the Qur'an.

Julian spent two years in Nubia and managed to baptize the king and the aristocracy and to constitute in his place the bishop of Philae by the name of Theodore. 37 The bishop's task was complicated as the country was divided into three kingdoms along the River Nile, with Nobatia in the North ± near the Second Cataract of the Nile ± followed by the kingdoms of Makouria and Alodia. 38 Here also the Christian Church presented a divided image. The impact of Arab rule in Egypt from 641 could not but affect Nubia too, isolating it from ready access to the Mediterranean Christian world.

He developed his hermitage along creative lines, founding a community of men living together inside the walls of a centre, walls which now could become symbols not of seclusion but of fellowship. St Pachomius gave structure and programme to the movement. There was a rule of life with 194 articles to be strictly followed by the inmates, living in community with colleagues, subordinate to a superior who exercised the spiritual direction of the community. Each monk had a little cell of his own which could not be locked.

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