This silver/ silvered medal was instituted in 1893 but a number of bars were authorised in connection with World War 2 :
'1940 - Côte des Somalis -1942' / authorized op 26 December 1941.
'Erythree'/ authorized on March 26th, 1942.
'Fezzan'/ authorized on March 26th, 1942.
'Koufra'/ authorized on March 26th 1942.
'Libye'/ authorized on March 26th 1942.
'Ethiopie'/ authorized on August 1st 1942.
'Bir Hakeim 1942'/ authorized on October 1st 1942.
'Fezzan-Tripolitaine'/ authorized on February 23rd 1943.
'AFL'/ authorized on July 25th 1943.
'Tripolitaine'/ authorized on January 7th 1944.
'Tunesie 1942-1943'/ authorized on April 17th 1944.
The medal is granted to thoswe who hava taken part in wars, operations or expeditions in the French colonies and/or protectorates. It corresponds to the British General Service Medal. The obverse shows the head of the reigning Head of State, the reverse shows a globe with a trophy of flags and the inscription: "Médaille Coloniale"
The ribbon is 1.25" wide, coloured pale blue with thin wavy lines running horizontally. Down the centre is a broad vertical white stripe, along the edges a narrow white stripe.
Just like the French government in exile in London, the collaborating Vichy government instituted its own bars "Côte Des Somalis - 1941" and "Levant 1940 - 1941".