The Aftermath of Suez: Consequences for French Decolonization:
This chapter assesses the impact of the Suez crisis on French decolonization. De Gaulle, like Macmillan, came to the conclusion that the value of the colonies was less than their cost. His solution was also similar: if the management of the colonies could be handed over to elites who had been educated and trained by the French, then the prospect would be good that French economic and military influence could be sustained. De Gaulle here moved more rapidly than Macmillan, who proceeded in more piecemeal fashion. The British moved more slowly, but they granted fuller independence. In 1960 eleven former French colonies became independent and joined the United Nations. De Gaulle's speed helped to keep the ‘independent’ countries dependent on France.
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