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Wikileaks: France to intervene in Cameroon and Gabon in case of internal unrest

January 14, 2011

By Aloysius Agendia

In another secret diplomatic cable of US Embassy in Paris, France dated September 09, 2008 and released on January 09, 2011 by WIKILEAKS, it has been revealed that France has the obligation to intervene militarily to defend the neo-colonial government and secure its interests under the France Afrique secret deals signed with Cameroon in 1960 and later modified in 1974 and that which was signed with the Gabonese Government in 1960. The cable titled “France’s Changing Policy in Africa part III”, states, “Equally troublesome and outdated are certain
"secret" portions of some of the Agreements. According to
Marechaux, the Defense Agreements with CAMEROON and Gabon,
for example, contain "absurd" provisions obligating France,
upon request, to provide internal security in case of
domestic unrest in those countries”

Though the document further notes that President Nicholas Sarkhozy of France had promised to put an "end" to the funny neo-colonial France-Afrique exploitative agreement and bring up new ones based on equality and partnership, the truth remains that the Sarkhozy rhetoric is far from the reality on ground.

Proof of this is that as tension mounted in Gabon following the rigging of elections to impose Ali Ben Bongo on Gabonese, the French secretly flew in 300 special paratroopers to quell down any opposition and protect French interests.  The BBC was the lone western media organ which wrote about this.

The Wikileaks cable also reveals that according to the France-Afrique documents “some of the Agreements contain "secret" clauses giving France
monopoly rights to exploit natural resources in the countries
concerned.” It also admits that some countries like Cote D Ivoire had increasing become hostile over such colonial agreements.

 This is certainly true reason and why the French have become very hostile toward any regime that fails to respect the agreements. Their hostility towards Cote D ivoire and Rwanda are examples though not mention in secret diplomatic notes.  Paradoxically, Ali Bongo is quoted though not in the cable, as saying the law suits filed against him and some president in Paris is because some French politicians do not want to admit that some Africans leaders want to totally break with the colonial past.

It should be noted that another cable published on December 31, 2010 revealed how the colonial administration in the Central African sub region CEMAC, in collaboration with the regional Bank BEAC, and in connivance with their political master in France, embezzled several billions of African tax payers’ money to fund French politics and French politicians. Sarkhozy himself who pioneered the rhetoric against the neo-colonial France-Afrique agreements was a beneficiary of the stolen funds.

In 2004, French soldiers shot and killed over 100 armless Ivoirians civilians who were protesting against too much French meddling into their activities and the French attempt to "kidnap" their president. The French who initially denied the report later admitted to killing “only 20” people. Since then, those who claim to speak for the international community have never uttered a word against France nor have those who order the killings been brought to justice.

The French equally blamed the government of Cote D Ivoire for the mysterious bombing of French based in Bouake during which 9 French soldiers were killed. It has never been established if the military of Cote D Ivoire was really the one behind the bombing. It is widely believe that it was a smokescreen by the French military to destroy the Air force of Cote D Ivoire which was launching an assault against the French backed northern rebels in bid to reunite the country.

Given the increasing hostility of Africans against too much French interest and interference in the continent, reliable sources say France has opted to a diplomatic offensive and serious lobbying both in African and in the western world to strangle regimes which are hostile to its influence.  The same source equally says French intelligence help regimes favourable to its interests by sharing strategies on how to bring down any internal opposition. The current situation in Cote Divoire is therefore a test of French influence on Africa.

You can continue reading the entire confidential cable here

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You see it..... Paul Biya and France has destroyed and is destroying Cameroon. No man fights against nature and goes free.....
Thank you Mr. Agendia, Please continue the good work to keep Cameroonians and Africans more inform on all these evil policies and hegomony

Please it is not Paul Biya and France that are destroying Cameroon. It is precisely Biya and other Cameroonians that are doing so. France is out to defend its interest, and it can only be so. We should avoid this simply attitude of accusing the colonial masters on the messes that we are involved in. Let all the Cameroonians defend the interest of Cameroon anywhere they are, and France will not in any way be an impediment.

Seems to me we are still getting it wrong when we say we dont have to blame france. There is no french colony that is not having problems due to french direct or indirect interferance. Reading the wikileaks report dont we think that fench activity in cameroon is detrimental to the majority and beneficial only to the ruling party ? because the biya regime knows how to play ball with the french gov't thats why biya is still there and will continue to be there and even after him his son frank will take over as head of state. Is that not shocking enough to scare the normal cameroonian.Did it not happen in gabon when france sent Ali bongo the son of late omar bongo to go and see biya to learn the tricks of forcing oneself to power? And he succeeded and is today president of gabon greatly to the annoyance of majority of the people of gabon.
What greater interest has france got in cameroon than the cameroonians themselves? If they don't come to corrupt our leaders and take away all our resources cameroon will not be in the mess we find it. Cameroonians who love thier country should know that france and the biya regime are those destroying the country
Why should france say the have to intervene directly incase of internal unrest in cameroon when they dont have industries in cameroon? They are just parasites that are defending the source of thier food.If we as cameroonians still dont see that France is a problem to us then truely we are a cursed people and will continue suffer in silence or as my brother put it " suffering and smiling"
Look at Tunisia;France has got alot of factories out there. But why did they not help Ben Ali to stay? Because he was nolonger playing real ball with paris. Instead they told him they could arrange his safe passage if he lchoose to leave; Leave he did.After that france started talking. Shameful.
country people man wey e talk say france good ma brother dat man fit sell country.
I rest my case. You have the right to defer

Whereas Britain packed up and left Southern Cameroons, the French never left East Cameroon. The French share the blame for this reason: whether legitimate of not the agreements signed between France and the Govermnet of Cameroon tie Cameroon's hands no matter how outrageous they are.
So the French continue to protect their interests and the President of Cameroon cannot break this tie even if he wanted to because there is no structure in place to support the government but the French resident military.
The only way to break out is for mass insurgency to occur that will sweep those in power with their French masters in a tidal wave. Unfortunately the various factions in Cameroon society have been pitted against each other to the point where there will never be a united opsition front large enough to threaten the status quo.

The regime in Cameroon is diabolic and plagued by sects.
The only way out for Cameroonians is the Tunisian route.
The corruption and injustices in Cameroon are alarming...only Cameroonians have the solution to their predicament.They must defy fear, tribalism and in unison rise against the Biya regime.

CMR will never see life untill France allow the freedom of that small country to reign .

why why and why France i ask you France why have you decided to condem and keep on putting eyes on countries like cmr when you know they are poor and just managing but you have decided to take away all their resources and enrich ur pple in France ?, my God course this name France , and let cmr survive Amen .

it is the people of cameroon. Their seem to be greedy,selfish leaders and toothless weak,fear gripped divided citizenry. Where are the youth? U wanna be like this 4eva? Wake up guys. Life is freedom. You are'nt alive cos you enjoy no freedom. In fact we dont have A.U when the sovereinty of some states stands for question. Africa! your leaders have failed!

All the talks and comments will not help matters now. we know all of these. the most important and urgent thing now is to cause biya to bring back Ahmadu Ahidjo's corps so that we bury him as our expresident,and then exile him just like he did his boss


There will be no French intervention in Cameroon because there will be no unrest as wished by some people. Cameroon is not Ivory Coast and is ready to give any opportunity to anyone to interfere with their affairs. Intervention is needed where there are problems but there is none in Cameroon.