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Is France Dragging NATO into WWIII?

Written by Bryan Lutz, Editor at Dollarcollapse.com:

 

France wants to preserve its political position in the world.

 

That’s why they just sent “Foreign Legion” troops to Ukraine.

 

The Asia Times reports:

 

France sends combat troops to Ukraine battlefront

“France has sent its first troops officially to Ukraine. They have been deployed in support of the Ukrainian 54th Independent Mechanized Brigade in Slavyansk. The French soldiers are drawn from France’s 3rd Infantry Regiment, which is one of the main elements of France’s Foreign Legion (Légion étrangère)…

…The Legion today is run by French officers but the rank and file are all foreigners.”

 

But the story doesn’t start in Ukraine…

 

It starts in French colonized Africa. For the past few years, NATO has been losing influence to Russia’s “friendly” presence in French colonized states.

 

Russia is seen as a friendly, helpful state, while NATO and France in particular have a long history of colonizing baggage. Much of which props up the French economy.

 

For example, while France uses the Euro, another two versions of the Franc are still in distribution in these French colonized countries:

 

West African CFA franc (XOF) used by:

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Togo

Central African CFA franc (XAF) used by:

  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon

 

Each of these countries hold CFA Francs in their treasuries. In exchange, France guarantees the CFA Franc’s convertibility into Euros through the French Treasury.

 

Were these countries to change their alliances, exchange their treasuries for Euros, France’s economy would lose significant value.

 

Now, countries in Western Africa are leaning into Russian political and military support.

 

Reuters reports:

 

Russian troops enter base housing US military in Niger, US official says

“The U.S. and its allies have been forced to move troops out of a number of African countries following coups that brought to power groups eager to distance themselves from Western governments. In addition to the impending departure from Niger, U.S. troops have also left Chad in recent days, while French forces have been kicked out of Mali and Burkina Faso.”

 

The most significant change in the past week has been in Niger.

France’s most powerful ally, the United States, surrendered a $100 Million Military Base in Niger to Russian Troops.

 

“Russian military personnel have entered an air base in Niger that is hosting U.S. troops, a senior U.S. defense official told Reuters, a move that follows a decision by Niger’s junta to expel U.S. forces.
The military officers ruling the West African nation have told the U.S. to withdraw its nearly 1,000 military personnel from the country, which until a coup last year had been a key partner for Washington’s fight against insurgents who have killed thousands of people and displaced millions more.”

 

Not only does France want to protect the value of its currency in the colonized nations of West Africa, they also want to protect valuable energy resources.

 

Specifically, in the energy department. France runs 56 nuclear reactors, across 18 nuclear power plants. And that totals a need for about 8,000 tonnes of uranium every year.

 

Le Monde reports:

 

How dependent is France on Niger’s uranium?

“Over the last ten years, the 88,200 tonnes of natural uranium imported into France came mainly from three countries: Kazakhstan (27%), Niger (20%), and Uzbekistan (19%). Niger plays an important role in France’s supplies…”

 

That puts about 66% of France’s uranium supply under heavy Russian influence.

 

So you can see how France may not feel pressure concerning Ukraine, but its leaders are certainly feeling the pressure of how the war is changing the political landscape, slowly dissolving France’s economic bunker in Africa and putting pressure on precious energy production.

 

It’s moving NATO out of Africa and towards alliances with BRICS nations…

 

And away from the West and the US Dollar.

 

All of which ratchets up the each participating nation’s concern for resources. It seems, especially for France.

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