French Guinea

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Guinée(French)
French Guinea(English)
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National motto:
Languages:  
 Official: Francien, Narbonosc
 Others: Fula, Susu, Arabic, others
Cities:  
 Capital: Boffa
 Other: none
Prefect: Fabrice Martin Bernadotte
Population: 703,000 inhabitants
Currency: 1 Livre = 20 soles = 240 denares (Gaulhe)

French Guinea, while once an industrial jewel among France's colonies has now become a minor interest of the French. This département, located in the Swamp Coast of Guinea, is administered under the Gaulhe's Départements Outre-Mer. The capital is at Boffa.

History

The pre-1958 French Guinea is divided into the Islamic Kingdom of Guinea and the current, smaller French colony.

Following the Islamic Revolution in 1956, French Guinea lost nearly all of its territory to the newly created Islamic Kingdom of Guinea. Rumors abounded at the time and persist to the present that the revolution was supported by the Maghreb Caliphate. a peace settlement was arranged in 1958, and home rule was given to Ahmed Sékou Touré's government in Conakry.

Following the division of the country many of the French that had been living in what became the Islamic Kingdom of Guinea moved back to metropolitain France, or to Algeria. For the most part of the 1960's and 1970's the country suffered, as the French government was reticent to make any further investments in what seemed likely to be a short-lived peace. With the death of Ahmed Sékou Touré, relations were regularized and today France enjoys a generally peaceful co-existence with the Kingdom of Guinea.

Economy

While the tourist trade is strong in Boffa, most of the département is involved in the aluminum industry, as well as some tree farms for tropical trees.



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