I took three years of French in high school and my teacher would drop little tidbits every now and then about the history of France. It sort of got me interested in learning more. My research however was limited and pretty much stopped after Napoleon. There is so much more to be learned if I want to continue studying. However, some of the history is dark or not very pleasant. But then, much of the history of humankind is dark or not very pleasant. Sharing a few of the tidbits I gathered. Twitter is a wonderful research tool.
1960 was a very good year for 17 sub-Saharan African nations, including 14 former French colonies. They became independent.
(Although there are some who say they it's a sham and they are not truly independent. It's complicated. But then, much of the history of humankind is complicated.)