I am a History student researching on the history of Indo-China and African countries that were under French colonial rule. I did not find certain treaties like Franco-Lao treaty and others on the internet. Could someone guide me on where I could possibly find them on the internet.

  • It probably helps to phrase the question in French, the language of these documents. – Peter Diehr Sep 24 '16 at 15:00
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    you can probably find it at journal-officiel.gouv.fr or diplomatie.gouv.fr – Denis de Bernardy Sep 24 '16 at 15:17
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    There is a database of all treaties to which France is party on the website of the French foreign ministry. If you look for a given country around the time of its independence, you will typically find a string of agreements regulating its membership in the “communauté française” and some transitory measures. – Relaxed Sep 25 '16 at 8:20

They're scattered all over the internet. For example the Evian Accords for Algeria:


A large number of colonies simply voted to be independent:



Generally, an independence document is only needed if independence comes as part of a peace treaty at a conclusion of a war, when there are two parties to negotiate the terms. There is probably too much involved in setting up an independent government from scratch for a single document to be useful. And if the government has already reported the results of a referendum, anything further is unnecessary.

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