LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR BETWEEN NEGRITUDE AND FRENCHNESS

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Mongo-Mboussa  Boniface

by Boniface Mongo-Mboussa

2014-04-08
 

When  Léopold  Sédar  Senghor  died  in  Normandy  on  20 December 2001, France was being governed on the basis of political cohabitation. Lionel Jospin of the Socialist party was the Prime Minister and Jacques Chirac of the Rassemblement pour la République (RPR) was President of the country. Neither Lionel Jospin nor Jacques Chirac attended the funeral of the poet-President in Dakar. And yet the two heads of the French State had personal reasons to be there, quite apart from their respective positions. For a long time Senghor was a member of the Socialist International, at the time when Lionel Jospin was leading the Socialist party. As for Jacques Chirac, his mentor Georges Pompidou was Senghor’s close friend and fellow student at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand.

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