How would anyone trust France to help them?
Look into the history of humanity, please give me one single place on earth where France went and did any good for the local populations?
Even, for colonization for their own benefit, they can’t even do it properly.
After 100+ years of France presence in Africa, not even 10% of their colonies people are literate enough to read and write properly in their language, tough France has forced about 14 countries to use French as official language.
Countries like Mali and Burkina-Faso can’t even publish more than 12 books a year, with over 30 millions population, while a small country like Lithuania in Eastern europe, with less than 3 millions inhabitants, still publish over 2000 books a year in their own language: Lietuviskai (Labas Rytas As Mielu Lietuva).
Travel to Francophone Africa and you can see how France has reduced those populations to a new mental and economical slavery!
France has always tried to split Nigeria, balkanize the country, because they think Nigeria is too big, and without Nigeria they would have had a complete control over West Africa.
The Biafra civil war which claimed over 1 million people life in Nigeria was sponsored by France, with french “humanitarian” organization “Doctors without borders” created for Biafra war by Bernard Kouchner used to transport weapons to the secessionists while pretending to transport humanitarian aid!
“Between two post colonial evils, you chose the lesser one… I won’t dine with France even with a spoon a pole long.” wrote Kathleen Ndongmo
Note: Doctors without Borders was made formal after the Biafra war in 1971. But was unofficial till then, while the same group of french covert humanitarians were working for the Red cross.
Wikipedia “During the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970, the Nigerian military formed a blockade around the nation’s newly independent south-eastern region, Biafra. At this time, France was the only major country supportive of the Biafrans (the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United States sided with the Nigerian government), and the conditions within the blockade were unknown to the world. A number of French doctors volunteered with the French Red Cross to work in hospitals and feeding centres in besieged Biafra. One of the co-founders of the organisation was Bernard Kouchner who later became a high-ranking French politician.”
Indeed, the France wanted their own covert humanitarian organization following their experience in Biafra.