Africa’s last colonial currency the CFA Franc story

Joe Gazeley

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This book is for anyone who thinks it odd that 60 years after independence, many former French African colonies are still using the colonial currency and would like to know why. It is a mixture of polemic and economic history, ideal as an introduction to the shady and mysterious world of the CFA Franc. It outlines how the CFA system functions, how it fits within the French post-colonial pact more broadly and ends with a post-face (not present in the French version) which brings the book up to date with the latest changes agreed for the CFA Franc between Franco-African leaders since 2018. Unsurprisingly, given the thrust of the overall work, the authors’ verdict on these changes is not positive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-385
Number of pages3
JournalModern & Contemporary France
Issue number3
Early online date19 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • France
  • CFA
  • Africa
  • Neocolonialism
  • Review


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