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Countries that Gained Independence From France

Try to name the modern-day countries which gained their independence from France.
Including one country which gained its independence from a French/British condominium
Color-coded by continent
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Last updated: August 30, 2022
First submittedAugust 30, 2022
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Year
 
Country
1962
 
Algeria
1814
 
Andorra
1960
 
Benin
1960
 
Burkina Faso
1953
 
Cambodia
1960
 
Cameroon
1960
 
Central African Republic
1960
 
Chad
1975
 
Comoros
1977
 
Djibouti
1960
 
Gabon
1958
 
Guinea
1804
 
Haiti
Year
 
Country
1960
 
Ivory Coast
1953
 
Laos
1943
 
Lebanon
1960
 
Madagascar
1960
 
Mali
1960
 
Mauritania
1955
 
Morocco
1960
 
Niger
1960
 
Rep. of the Congo
1960
 
Senegal
1960
 
Togo
1956
 
Tunisia
1980
 
Vanuatu
Not included
* see comments
Spain
Syria
Vietnam
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Level ∞
Aug 30, 2022
Regarding the countries marked as not included.

  • Syria: After gaining independence from France, Syria joined together with Egypt into a country called the United Arab Republic. So Syria technically gained its independence from this entity.
  • Spain: Unlike Andorra, Spain was never directly incorporated into France during the time of Napoleon. It was merely a client state.
  • Vietnam: This one is a tough call. After liberation from Japan, Ho Chi Minh declared independence for Vietnam. Arguably, the French were never able to reassert control over the northern part of the country. Two different countries formed and, as we all know, the north conquered the south. Today's Vietnam therefore became independent from Japan in 1945.
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Level 59
Aug 31, 2022
What about Mexico? France captured Mexico in 1864, installed an Austrian archduke as emperor, and controlled it for three years until 1867 when Emperor Maximilian I was ousted and executed and replaced by Benito Juarez.
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Level 65
Aug 31, 2022
Good point, but following the same logic as for Spain, Mexico was invaded and converted into the Second Mexican Empire, which functioned as a client state of France. It's a very fine line and arguably the same thing as a self-governing colony, but if you include one, you'd have to include the other (and potentially even more).
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Level 65
Aug 31, 2022
Thanks for this quizz!

I couldn't notice that Andorra and Vanuatu had different colorsr :) I was looking for another Oceanian country

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Level 66
Aug 31, 2022
This has tricked me as well
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Level 87
Aug 31, 2022
I had the same problem -- although got Andorra first so was trying to think of another European country.
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Level 65
Aug 31, 2022
Great quiz! Appreciate the comments explaining the rationale on Syria, Spain, and Vietnam as well
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Level 72
Sep 5, 2022
Stop making me hungry!
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Level 78
Aug 31, 2022
You could follow up with an exceptions quiz: "Countries that gained independence from France that are not in Africa."
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Level 87
Nov 22, 2022
A short little six-answer quiz
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Level 80
Sep 1, 2022
What about the Netherlands? It was annexed during the Napoleonic Wars.
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Level 49
Nov 23, 2022
I would consider that temporary, as it was reverted after the war's end.
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Level 28
Nov 22, 2022
if you consider that Syria gain indepedence from the United Arab Republic then you also have to consider that Senegal and Mali have gain independence from the Mali Federation which was created after their independence from France.
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Level 44
Nov 22, 2022
Got most of them by speedtyping every african country...i dont know my history lol
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Level 64
Nov 22, 2022
Why are Belgium and the Netherlands excluded? Both countries were formally annexed by France during the Napoleonic era, and there's nothing in the quiz info that indicates they shouldn't be considered. Seems weird to not include them