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The Internationalization of ColonialismBritain, France, and Black Africa 1939-1956$
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John Kent

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203025.001.0001

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Inter-territorial Relations, 1942–1945

Inter-territorial Relations, 1942–1945

(p.109) 5 Inter-territorial Relations, 1942–1945
The Internationalization of Colonialism

John Kent

Oxford University Press

In late 1942, Britain’s main problem was having to work with both the Free French and Vichy supporters in West Africa, as feelings ran high and supporters of the former could not accept that the British should now co-operate with Vichy’s one-time followers. Any form of co-operation with the authorities in Dakar was bitterly opposed by F. Éboué, who believed that only Charles de Gaulle’s moral authority could reunite France. If there were compromises with men the Free French regarded as traitors, the French people, in Eboue’s view, would realize the Allies had failed them; as a result they would turn to the Soviet Union and adopt Communism. Previous supporters of the Vichy authorities remained in West Africa because there was a lack of suitable Free French personnel. The Foreign Office was not surprised by this and regarded it as rather unfortunate. It was an added complication to the development of close Anglo-French relations.

Keywords:   Free French, Vichy, Dakar, F. Éboué, Charles de Gaulle, France, West Africa, Foreign Office, Anglo-French relations, Britain

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