But Valery Giscard d'Estaing's close links with friendly African leaders helped contribute to his defeat in the 1981 presidential elections when many voters punished him for accepting a gift of diamonds from Central Africa's Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa
Some 100,000 people are active in the mining sector but the most involved have always been the country's presidents themselves, starting with Jean-Bedel Bokassa
, the former self-anointed emperor.
It is perhaps best remembered as the base of the grotesque Jean-Bedel Bokassa
, who crowned himself emperor in the 1970 in a ceremony that cost an estimated one-third of the national budget.
The most notorious exhibition of France's continued tutelage over CAR occurred in 1977, when the French puppet of the time, Jean-Bedel Bokassa
, crowned himself as an "emperor".
The worst was Jean-Bedel Bokassa
, who proclaimed himself emperor of the "Central African Empire" and used his "Imperial Guard" to murder people, including schoolchildren, who defied his rule, but even he had little impact on life outside Bangui, the capital.
He still blames his 1974 defeat on a scandal that blew up over his relationship with an African tyrant, Jean-Bedel Bokassa
Bozize himself seized power in a 2003 coup in the chronically unstable country, where eccentric leader Jean-Bedel Bokassa
seized power on New Year's Day 1966 before declaring himself emperor in 1976 and eventually being ousted three years later.
Alex Shoumatoff documents these perceptions of cannibalism in African Madness linking Jean-Bedel Bokassa
to the practice of eating human flesh.
While he did not subject his opponents to the callous, brutal repression and bloody massacres symptomatic of African dictators such as Idi Amin of Uganda and Jean-Bedel Bokassa
of Central African Republic, Nkrumah did use the Preventative Detention Act (PDA) enacted by the British Colonial Administration to throw his political opponents into jail without trial.
assumed power as President of the Republic.
OF WREXHAM Council idea masquerading namely the plans landlords pay In Africa, government by Britain, France and Spain was replaced by thuggery and the rule of tyrants: the greed, self-aggrandisement and blood-curdling violence of people like Jean-Bedel Bokassa
of the Central African Republic; Idi Amin of Uganda and, of course, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.
The days when notorious tyrants like Sese Seko Mobuto of the Congo, General Suharto of Indonesia, 'Papa Doc' Duvalier of Haiti, Idi Amin of Uganda, and Jean-Bedel Bokassa
of the Central African Republic could rob their people blind then flee with their loot stashed away in secret Swiss bank accounts, seem to be coming to an end.