Under a pre-independence accord with sub-Saharan countries in the late 1950s, France demanded that all countries that wished to be free needed to pay for the “positives” colonization had given Africans.
One of the ways colonized Africans were “offered” their freedom was a “suggestion” of a common currency zone authored by France.
Currently, 14 countries abide by the accord. They are Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
France insists those countries that prefer to leave the CFA zone, may do so freely.