The Fashoda Incident 1898: Central and east Africa, 1898, during the Fashoda Incident.
The "division of Africa" between Britain and France created the envy of Germany and Italy for African resources and markets needed for industrialization. Railroads should go west to the Red Sea, according to the French. Nevertheless, the British entrepreneur Cecil Rhodes had already traced his route from the south to Egypt, to take all of Africa.
In 1895, Theophile Delcasse was appointed French Minister of Foreign Affairs. He opposed German politics and wanted a diplomatic negotiation with Britain.
However, in 1898 there was a territorial dispute, known as the Fashoda Incident between France and Britain, in what is now Sudan to the east of Africa.
Delcessé ceded in favor of Great Britain because he just chickened out. That "diplomatic move" served to advance other agreements with the British Empire. Eventually, in 1904, the French achieved a cordial understanding with the British (Entante Cordial, for French and Cordial Understanding for the British).
In 1907, the British favored a deal with the Russians which is known as the Triple Entante formed by France, Britain and Russia as a military alliance. Therefore, two blos were formed to balance powered in Europe Europe: The Triple Alliance and the Triple Entante.
The First World War was brewing.