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State-owned businesses were overstaffed, technologically behind, heavily subsidized, and not performing well. At the end of 1980, after 24 years in power, Senghor stepped down as president. Abdou Diouf, a member of Senghor’s political party, replaced him. Senghor retired to France with his French wife. ” This photograph was taken on the occasion of his admission to the French Academy in Paris, France, on December 16, 1969. 43 44 Senegal AFTER SENGHOR Abdou Diouf became president in 1981 and began a process of political decentralization and an economic move toward a market economy.

Senghor retired to France with his French wife. ” This photograph was taken on the occasion of his admission to the French Academy in Paris, France, on December 16, 1969. 43 44 Senegal AFTER SENGHOR Abdou Diouf became president in 1981 and began a process of political decentralization and an economic move toward a market economy. The 1994 devaluation of Senegal’s currency was a major turning point. After successful intervention in a coup attempt in the Gambia, both Senegal and the Gambia officially proclaimed their union in a Senegambian confederation.

During the first half of the nineteenth century, there was little contact with the interior, where trade was oriented inland toward the Sahara. As part of a French policy of assimilation, inhabitants of Saint-Louis and Gorée elected a deputy to the national assembly in Paris from 1848 to 1852 and (joined by the inhabitants of Rufisque and Dakar) from 1871 to independence in 1960. The French built a fort in Dakar in 1857 to better serve merchants in the area. It was not until 1865 that they subdued much of Senegal.

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