Without Africa, France Would Be a Third World Country

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readAug 30, 2023

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The title of this article was attributed to the late French President from 1995 to 2007, Jacques Chirac.

The reasoning behind this statement isn’t at out of place and it has been powerfully reinforced in the last few weeks.

For those who aren’t up to date on world affairs, there was a military coup in Niger Republic and its fall out on the global stage has really been quite extraordinary.

The United States of America and France have been piling the pressure on the recently elected Nigerian (not to be mistaken with Niger) president to deploy his troops and remove those who dared to kick out their stooge.

But Niger really shouldn’t matter in the scheme of things, right, given that it is one of the poorest countries in the world?

Well somehow, it does.

And this is due to vast quantities of mineral resources buried underneath its soil.

Folks, we are talking about Uranium, here.

Uranium is responsible for keeping the lights on, wherever a nuclear power plant exists.

And Niger’s Uranium is responsible for a third of France’s power supply, a fact which becomes utterly unpalatable when you learn that a tiny percentage (20)…



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible