French colonial troops
By the middle of the 19th century France gained a strong position in the African continent, including its vast colonial empire in the area, north of the continent and on its west (Senegal, Mali, Guinea, etc.), the center (Chad, Central Africa, Congo) and even in the East (Djibouti). Accordingly, it took a considerable military force to maintain order in the conquered territories, counter-insurgency and to protect the colonies from possible attacks by rival European powers. French West Africa was the most extensive holdings of France in Africa. The composition of this colony formed in 1895, which consisted the territory of the Ivory Coast, Upper Volta, Dahomey, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Niger.