Africa 1960: Four faces of independence from France

Sixty years ago, most of the French colonies in sub-Saharan Africa became independent nations. Between January 1 and December 31, 1960, some 17 countries, including 14 under French rule, gained their statehood. Senegal’s first post-independence president, Léopold Sédar Senghor, referred to 1960 as the “magical year”, while others hailed a peaceful decolonisation process.

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