The year 1960 saw independence sweep across much of Africa. Fourteen countries ceased to be French colonies, while the Belgian Congo became Zaire and Somalia and Nigeria broke from British control. Journalists from RFI French service’s Africa desk take stock of half a century of freedom.All archives
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