Africa Notes: France and Africa, 1982 - December 1982
December 20, 1982
The first post-colonial Franco-African summit was hosted by President Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1973. The ninth summit, held October 8-9, 1982 in Kinshasa, Zaire, established that France's role in the affairs of the continent has not diminished-indeed, has expanded into new areas-since the Socialist Party came to power in the elections of May 1981. Exemplifying France's unique style and unique clout were these aspects and consequences of the 1982 gathering (now officially titled the "Conference of France and the African States").