The "CIA-approved puppet" in question was Mobutu Sese Seko, the archetypal African dictator. He was in turn deposed in 1995 by Laurent-Désiré Kabila, a long-time guerillero (once a compañero of Ernesto Che Guevara), in one of the most pathetic coups ever. The Americans, who tend to prove much more clever than the French when big intere$t$ are at stake, arranged the actual "transition".

Today the "Democratic" Republic of Congo (Congo-Kinshasa, in opposition to Congo-Brazzaville) is little more than a huge battlefield, in which at least six countries are involved (not to mention numerous local tribes), in what will be remembered as the first wide-scale international conflict in African history. Yet another benefit of Western "civilization", I guess.