French policy shift leaves Gabon's Bongo out in the cold



In the heyday of former President Omar Bongo, Gabon and its oil wealth were a central pillar of "La Francafrique", a shadowy network that enabled France's troops to defend African autocrats in exchange for juicy contracts for French companies.
Thanks partly to this web of diplomacy and trade backed by French firepower, Bongo stayed in office for 42 years before his death in 2009. France's energy firms, meanwhile, had undisputed claims to some of the continent's richest oil fields.
But the days of France throwing its weight behind a leader for commercial favours may be numbered,... read more

 
28 September 2016 in World News, Views: 30
Source: Reuters
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