Tour de Francafrique: French Military Interventions in Ivory Coast and Mali

Hassan Kilde Bajwa, Vibeke Maja Vang Segerberg, Phillip I Fan Lu & Mads Henrik Højgaard

Student thesis: Bachelor project


This paper presents a comparative case study of France’s military intervention in both Ivory Coast and Mali, which took place despite significant differences in the circumstances that led up to each operation. Using Neoclassical realism and Foreign Policy Analysis, our comparative analysis has identified three variables - 1) National Interest, 2) Leadership, and 3) Francafrique. Out of the three variables, Francafrique was the one variable that was common in both of France’s intervention in Ivory Coast and Mali. Our findings show that Francafrique is existent in both units, but the causal links are not identified.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Program in Social Sciences, (Bachelor Programme) BachelorBasic - Bachelor Study Program in Social Science, (Bachelor Programme) Bachelor
Publication date30 Jun 2017
Number of pages62
SupervisorsGorm Rye Olsen


  • Africa
  • Francafrique
  • France
  • Mali
  • Ivory Coast
  • Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Jacques Chirac
  • François Hollande
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Military Intervention
  • Neoclassical realism
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • National Interest
  • Leadership