Senegal-a former French territory in Africa-celebrated its first year of independence on April 3. In?
Senegal-a former French territory in Africa-celebrated its first year of independence on April 3. In Dakar, the capital, amid scenes of jubilation, a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the occasion. Visiting statement attending the celebrations included Senator Lyndon Johnson, the United States Vice-President; Jacob Malik, the Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister; Andre Malraux, the French Cultural Affairs Minister; and Douglas Dodds-Parker, representing Queen Elizabeth of Britain; and the Aga Khan.
Dakar streets were decorated with the flags of 82 nations that have recognised the country's independence. Dakar last year became the capital of the Mali Federation of Senegal and Sudan;but the Federation broke up.Despite protests from the neighbouring states of Guinea and Mali, President Leopold Senghor and Prime Minister Mamadou Dia proclaim firmly that they want the closest political, military and economic ties with France.
Senegal gained nominal independence from France last year. And at the request of the President and Prime Minister, 1,500 French civil servants and specialists continue to serve the Senegalese Government. Some of the French civil servants hold high positions-for example, the Minister of Finance is a Frenchman.
Politically, Senegal remains in the French community. Economically, it is totally dependant on France. The French provide technical and economic assistance on a large scale; and they contribute directly to the Senegalese budget. French military bases still operate there.