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In the past decade France has had a dwindling clout of influence in the strategic continent of Africa, a trend that brings the objectives of the 25th France-Afrique summit to the fore. Launched 37 years ago by French president Georges Pompidou, France-Afrique summits have been an important fixture of French diplomacy on the continent for the past decades, and have not been limited to only former French colonies in recent times. But critics have condemned it as a "neo-colonialist" collaboration that favours the economic well being of individual African leaders and dooms the entire continent. Having promised to set a new order in France-Africa relations, French President Sarkozy’s words will go under the microscope at the newly named "Africa-France summit" which takes place in Nice on Monday, May 31.

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