Senegal takes back military bases

A man leaves a French military base in Dakar. (AFP)

Senegal marked 50 years of independence yesterday by exerting its sovereignty with an announcement it was taking back French military bases, a symbolic move to be cemented after talks with its former colonial ruler. The historic step announced by President Abdoulaye Wade in an address to the nation on Saturday night has no marked effect in the short term, but is very symbolic for a country branded by 350 years of French presence.


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