a former federation of French territories in central Africa, including Chad, Gabon, Middle Congo (now People's Republic of the Congo), and Ubangi-Shari (now Central African Republic): each became independent in 1960.
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British Dictionary definitions for French Equatorial Africa
the former French overseas territories of Chad, Gabon, Middle Congo, and Ubangi-Shari (1910–58)
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