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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Decolonization: French Territories

Makane Moïse Mbengue

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 April 2020

Act of state — Colonization / Decolonization

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In the 19th and the 20th centuries, the French colonial empire was one of the largest in the world, behind the British and the Spanish colonial empires (see also Decolonization: British Territories; Decolonization: Spanish Territories). At the end of World War II, the French colonial empire mainly comprised the three Indochinese possessions, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos; the three North African protectorates and colonies, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia (Protectorates and Protected States); numerous colonies in the two colonial unions of French West Africa and...
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