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N°680 - Paris, 09/04/2014

Frédéric Lejeal
FRANCE Editor in Chief
French lawyers carve new niches in Africa
French lawyers are all over African legal affairs these days, whether representing a head of state, an opposition leader or one of the sides in a commercial arbitration case. The new generation of French lawyers is unafraid to tread on their elders' turf. (...)   [619 words]  

POWER PLAYERS
IVORY COAST
French bosses woo Kablan Duncan
   Some 100-odd members of France's Conseil Français des Investisseurs en Afrique (CIAN) watched their manners in front of Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan-Duncan at a breakfast given  (...)  [195 words]  
BENIN
Justice, Boni Yayi-style
   A group of people suspected of involvement in an alleged plot to poison President Thomas Boni-Yayi remain in jail 18 months after an investigation into the affair began. No trial is on the cards.  (...)  [224 words]  

COURT CIRCULAR
IVORY COAST
Ouattara looks after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
   Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara pulled out all the stops so that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, candidate for leadership  (...)  [90 words]  
CAMEROON
Biya gets a warm welcome in Brussels
   Cameroonian President Paul Biya was met by a posse of supporters waving "Biya for ever" banners when he attended  (...)  [106 words]  
MALI
"IBK" upset by Le Monde probe
   President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is smarting over an article in the French newspaper Le Monde on his friendship with Corsican casino magnate Michel Tomi.  (...)  [276 words]  
CAMEROON
Bosses survive privatisation
   A number of bosses of former publicly-owned companies have managed to hold on to their jobs after privatisation. This particularly Cameroonian way of proceeding enables buyers to stay on the right side of the presidential palace.  (...)  [219 words]  
CONGO-B
Sassou keeps abreast of Africanews
   President Denis Sassou Nguesso received an update on the launch of Africanews in Brazzaville when he attended the EU-Africa summit in Brussels. His key people were present at the briefing.  (...)  [192 words]  
CONGO-K
ANR racketeers target expatriates
   Attacks and kidnappings against Westerners in Kinshasa are on the rise. Henchmen for the national intelligency agency and the police force are being blamed.  (...)  [216 words]  
EXCLUSIVE
SENEGAL
Karim Wade, political hostage
   On April 17, Karim Wade will have spent a year in Dakar's Reubeuss prison in "preventive" detention while lawyers and Senegal's legal institutions haggle over his fate.  (...)  [401 words]  

BUSINESS
GABON
Patton Boggs under contract to Libreville
   The US lobbying firm Patton Boggs LLP signed a $50,000 contract on March 20 with Maixent Accrombessi, Gabonese  (...)  [47 words]  
IVORY COAST
Deloitte audits ADB's return to Ivory Coast
   Deloitte Côte d’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast subsidiary of the auditing firm Deloitte, has been hired to assess conditions  (...)  [64 words]  
CAMEROON
CNIC has casting issues in Cameroon
   On March 12 Cameroon’s President Paul Biya appointed Bernard Bayiha to head Chantier Naval et Industriel du Cameroun  (...)  [105 words]  
GABON
Veolia seeks payment of debts totalling CFA 10 billion in Gabon
   Outgoing energy and hydraulic resources minister Etienne Ngoubou left a number of problem cases that his successor  (...)  [119 words]  
IVORY COAST
Beijing Yeaco Investment advises the Port of Abidjan
   The Chinese investment and financial consultancy Beijing Yeaco Investment Consulting Company has entered exclusive  (...)  [64 words]  
BURKINA FASO
Decotek starts "Maison du Burkina Faso" project
   Turkish construction group Decotek has begun work on the new Burkina Faso embassy in Ivory Coast, dubbed the "Maison du Burkina".  (...)  [107 words]  
MALI
Tomota causes stir in Bamako
   The government of Mali has appealed against the Abidjan-based CCJA’s ruling last November ordering it to pay CFA 24 billion (€36.  (...)  [97 words]  
CONGO-K
Orange invests in Kinshasa
   Stephane Richard, the head of French telephone company Orange, is due to visit Kinshasa in the second half of this month.  (...)  [72 words]  

WHO'S NEWS
IVORY COAST
ALAIN KOUADIO (Kaydan)
   Alain Kouadio has the inside track to succeed Jean Kakou Diagou, who is stepping down in June as head of the Confederation  (...)  [75 words]  
CONGO-B
CALIXTE GANONGO (Societe Generale)
   A native of Oyo like President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Calixte Ganongo is the government’s representative on the  (...)  [80 words]  



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