Courting the former colony: Algeria’s special position in French Third World policy, 1963

ZIA-EBRAHIMI, Reza (2012). Courting the former colony: Algeria’s special position in French Third World policy, 1963. The Journal of North African Studies, 17 (1), 23-44.

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Link to published version:: 10.1080/13629387.2011.566256

Abstract

This article analyses the relationship between France and Algeria in the immediate aftermath of Algerian independence. In 1963, Algeria repeatedly breached the Evian Accords, and continuously threatened France's national interests. Yet, French policymakers accommodated Algeria's reassertion and even rewarded it with a generous coopération package. I will argue that this remarkable discrepancy was due to Gaullist France's belief that association with its former colony would benefit its image and influence in the Third World. Algeria at the time enjoyed significant prestige in Asia and Africa, and this was precisely the arena where France was keen to deploy its leadership in order to enhance its independence from the two superpowers. This perception detracted Paris from the cool-blooded pursuit of ‘realist’ state interests.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/13629387.2011.566256
Depositing User: Lorna Greaves
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 13:47
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2012 11:04
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5980

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