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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, April II, 1974 LETHDHIDUB n Not all of them float Contrary to the commercials on television, not all Volkswagens float, or if they do they don't float for long. Apparently someone pushed this car into the Thames River in London. These three boys used a make-shift bridge from the riverbank to their new play place. Did France play role in Niger coup? LONDON (CP) Six years of drought and starvation, stu- dent unrest, mounting military resentment and possibly some covert intervention by France have combined to overthrow President Hamani Diori of Ni- ger, one of Africa's most re- spected statesmen. But of all the factors in- volved, it is the role that France may have played in the recent coup which is arousing most speculation in international diplomatic circles Lt.-Col. Seyni Kountie, the French-trained army chief .of staff who led the revolt against Diori, denies that he had any outside assistance and charges that the former president had mismanaged Niger's economy since the country gained independence from France in 1960. But many observers recall that an abortive coup against Diori in the mid-1960s, when Charles de Gaulle was president of. France, was alleged to have been organized by French secret agents acting under orders of Jacques Foccart, then head of the African political bureau in the French foreign ministry. A number of well-informed observers argue that this week's coup was organized along lines similar to the pre- vious unsuccessful one and they say France would have had several reasons for welcoming it, if not supporing the move outright. The most important of these is that France has recently de- cided to step up her nuclear defence arrangements considerably and Niger is a rich source of uranium. Gabon, France's other West African supplier, has far smaller quantities of uranium for sale. Diori, however, has been pressing for far higher royalties on uranium shipments to France and he has had several angry brushes with the French over his attempts to decrease Niger's dependence on Paris by cultivating improved relations with Canada, West Germany, Britain and Japan. Canada has been active in providing aid to Niger, mainly in the form of considerable road-building expenditures and with an agreement in March to build an electricity line along part of Niger's frontier with Nigeria. But whether or not France played any part in the coup, events in Niger itself had al- ready created powerful currents of discontent directed at the 57-year-old former president. Outstanding among these has been the six-year drought which has plagued much of West Africa. Starvation and death have become commonplace in the semi- desert state and tens of thousands of refugees depend totally on foreign food supplies to keep them alive. Until recently, the poverty- ridden country's chief export has been peanuts, although the discovery of large uranium deposits promises a considerable increase in riches in the next decade or so. Diori has also encountered the wrath of Niger's students by banning any legalized opposition parties, a commor move in many undevelopec African states. Finally, in February, the main student body drew up a forecast which said 1974 would be the worst year of the drought so far. 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