This visualisation is the result of the doctoral work developed by Jean-Pierre Bat in his book where he analysed how the French sought to maintain a French private domain, or pré carré, in postcolonial Africa during the second half of the twentieth century. Our idea was not to represent Françafrique as a classical organigram with the French president at the top of the pyramid but as an interrelated political network linking Jacques Foccart with a handful of secret services agents and African presidents. This type of network particularly stresses the compartmentalisation of the personal relationships between Foccart and each African president and between each African president and a French member of the secret services.
Most of the pictures being used are either Creative Commons or in the public domain. A few exceptions: the credits of Bob Denard's photo belong to GETTY/AFP, Jacques Mansion's to the Chancellerie de l'Ordre de la Liberation.
Visualising Françafrique: Foccart's networks in Africa by Jean-Pierre Bat and Vincent Hiribrarren is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.