Last night I had a conversation with a fellow former Marine officer. We talked about our experiences while on deployment. One thing that struck me was the differences between a former British colony and a former French colony.
From my experiences in Africa and South West Asia, I noticed that the French colonies were not the place you wanted to be, especially if there was a French Foreign Legion garrison stationed in the country, like Djibouti prior to 2011. British colony infrastructure and public education were noticeably better, on many levels, than the French which is why countries like India and Kenya really shine when it comes to lines-of-communication and STEM.