> In fact it was part of what was known as French Equatorial Africa, which was a 
>regional common market based on the CFA Franc (Communauté des francs afriques).

Not that it's a big deal, but when you do things from memory you make mistakes. at 
least, I do. Côte d'Ivoire wasn't part of FEA, although it was part of the CFA Franc 
community, but as part of French West Africa. Until 1958-1960, when all these 
countries were given their independence, here's how these two
French territories were constituted, for those who care: (names in parentheses are 
names at independence which have since changed to the name following the parenthetical 

French West Africa (capital: Dakar, now capital of Senegal)
(French Guinea) Guinea
Côte d'Ivoire
(French Sudan) Mali
(Upper Volta) Burkina Faso
(Dahomey) Benin

[I was wrong about Togo -- it had been a German colony]

French Equatorial Africa (capital: Brazzaville, now capital of Rep of Congo, not to be 
confused with Dem Rep of Congo, the former Belgian Congo)
(Central African Empire) Central African Republic
Marc A. Schindler
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