FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “AUKUS alliance: ‘A monumental slap’ for France • FRANCE 24 English” – below is their description.
IN THE PRESS – Thursday, September 16, 2021: Website Wakat Sera, based in Burkina Faso, celebrates the killing of the leader of the Islamic State group in the Greater Sahara, but wonders why France waited to announce it. We also look at reactions to the defence alliance between the US, the UK and Australia, which saw France lose a major submarine deal. Plus: France nears a vaccination goal, US gymnasts testify in Congress and Time Magazine unveils its list of the 100 most influential people.
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In This Story: Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. Previously called Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), it was renamed “Burkina Faso” on 4 August 1984 by President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé, and its capital is Ouagadougou.
Due to French colonialism, the country’s official language of government and business is French, but this language is spoken by approximately only 10-15% of the population. There are 59 native languages spoken in Burkina, with the most common language, Moore, spoken by roughly 50% of Burkinabé.
The Republic of Upper Volta was established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community and on 5 August 1960 it gained full independence.
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