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Why Are the French-speaking African Elite Different

claim all credit for the settlement for themselves. This arrangement was entirely to the liking of DMK and the Chief Minister for two reasons. First, none of the central trade unions have much of a following among the Simp- son workers and so individually and collectively they would be a far less formidable hurdle to DMK's designs than Kuchelar who had built up a strong base for himself among the workers. Second, DMK can depend upon the certainty that the central trade union organisations represented on the trade union committee will fall out among themselves over the conduct of the affairs of the union and over the .sharing out of loaves and fishes when the time conies for electing the new union executive. This will leave DMK, which is represented on the trade union committee by the president of its Progressive Labour Federation, in a position to play a dominant role in the affairs of the union. The settlement arrived at with the leaders of the central trade union organisations may thus FROM the time of the Non-aligned Conference in Lusaka in September 1970, Indians interested in African affairs have become mure aware of the differences in attitude between the leaders of English-speaking African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania or Zambia and the leaders of French-speaking African countries such as Senegal, Ivory Coast or Congo (Brazzaville) to important issues connected with colonialism and its aftermath.1 Thus, on the issue of French arms sales to South Africa, the French-speaking African countries refused to name France in the earlier resolutions of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) condemning such arms sales. This fact was referred to pointedly at the Non-aligned Conference. At the OAU summit meeting last Juno, the Francophone African leader Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast led those who advocated a dialogue with South Africa. In general, Francophone African leaders still preserve the most cordial, if not filial, relations with the former colonial power in contrast to other newly independent countries.

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