Senegal: Prime Minister Threatens to Remove French Bases, Attacks Anal Rights

Smart empires try to not pointlessly annoy the people they conquer.

They take tribute in money or resources, ask for soldiers during times of war, but otherwise let them do whatever.

France is not a smart empire, at least not anymore.


Senegal’s prime minister Ousmane Sonko raised the possibility of closing French military bases in the West African country on Thursday in a wide-ranging speech that also touched on the euro-backed CFA franc currency, oil and gas deals and LGBTQ rights.

Sonko, a firebrand politician who gained power when his hand-picked presidential candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye won a decisive victory in March, is known for criticising perceived overreach by France in its former colony.

France has about 350 troops in Senegal.

That might not sound like a lot of troops, but it could be one troop and it would still be an occupation – because if one troop is ever harmed by the locals, tens of thousands will be there in a matter of hours.

The US puts small groups of troops all over the world, sometimes just a dozen or so. They are called “tripwires,” because if they are ever killed, their deaths justify a full invasion and/or bombing campaign.

“More than 60 years after our independence … we must question the reasons why the French army for example still benefits from several military bases in our country and the impact of this presence on our national sovereignty and our strategic autonomy,” Sonko said at a joint conference with the French left-wing politician Jean-Luc Melenchon in the capital Dakar.

“I reiterate here the desire of Senegal to have its own control, which is incompatible with the lasting presence of foreign military bases in Senegal … Many countries have promised defence agreements, but this does not justify the fact that a third of the Dakar region is now occupied by foreign garrisons.”

Neighbours Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have pushed out French troops and turned to Russia for help fighting jihadist insurgencies on their territory.

They have also turned away from West African bloc ECOWAS – which condemned their coups – and formed their own alliance of Sahel states.

But Sonko had friendly words for them on Thursday.

“We will not let go of our brothers in the Sahel and we will do everything necessary to strengthen the ties,” he said.

He also said Senegal, which shares the euro-pegged CFA franc currency with seven countries, would like a flexible currency pegged to at least two currencies to help absorb shocks and support export competitiveness.

Do you see the way he is forced to ask permission from France?

This is not what a sovereign country does.

It is a total myth that colonialism ended, it’s simply that the old colonial empires abandoned their former responsibilities to the colonies they hold.

Now they just take the resources and then try to force everyone to have anal sex.

He also called on Western countries to show “restraint, respect, reciprocity and tolerance” on social matters including LGBTQ rights and gender equality.

He said homosexuality had always existed in Senegal, but the country had “managed” it and would continue to do so according to its socio-cultural realities.

“Senegal and many other African countries cannot accept any truth in legalising this phenomenon.”

Africans have been voted “most likely to save the world from the analpocalypse.”

This video is dated, but still enlightening