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Who said North Africa is a nation-state? North Africa is a geocultural region.

North Africa's economic as well as political integration with Europe was already extensive during the Roman and Byzantine empires (well, only for 9 centuries...).

Today, the North African countries' economies are strongly linked to the EU: it is their first supplier and customer, let alone the remittances from immigrants. And a lot of families have ties on both sides of the Mediterranean.

As far as I know, few people in North Africa feel they have a common destiny with the rest of the continent. And I have witnessed a significant trend of racism against Black Africans in Morocco and Algeria. That might have changed...

French West Africa ceased to exist in 1958. Are you refering to the Economic Community of West African States or to the West African Economic and Monetary Union?

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char

by Melanchthon on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 12:16:46 PM EST
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