Cameroon – Cooperation: Shocking cooperation agreements between Cameroon and France since 57 years and nothing has been changed!

Written by Deckson N.

Signed on 26 DECEMBER 1959 by President AHIDJO and France President Charles de Gaulle, to date, neither Paul Biya nor Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, nor even Nicolas Sarkozy or François Hollande have changed anything. But it is Article 6 which arouses more curiosity.

1- France will have to determine the political, economic and socio-cultural choices of Cameroon.

2- France must create a currency for Cameroon, FCFA

3- France should guide the determination of Cameroon’s school curricula at all levels

4. France shall have in its public treasury a portfolio of 100% of Cameroon’s foreign exchange reserves.

NB: this percentage evolved in 1972 and 1973 respectively in Brazzaville and Dakar for BEAC and UMOA, 65% and finally today it is 50%.

5- The strategic raw materials of Cameroon will have to be exploited by France in priority. If they are not interested Cameroon can find another partner where to exploit it.

6- 10 November 1961: military assistance. Whenever the Cameroonian president is overwhelmed by external aggression or internal rebellion, he can appeal to the military aid of France.

If he is no longer able to do so by any means of communication, the French Ambassador to Cameroon can do so instead of the Cameroonian authority.

Those are the agreements that a country has signed – In short, we have never left colonization.

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