The Fotso heirs' ephemeral US enclave
The heirs of the Cameroonian tycoon Victor Fotso, who are divided into several clans, have found neutral ground in the United States for the past two years.
After operating without releasing any figures for the past three years, the FOV real estate company has had to lift the veil on its accounts for 2020, the year its founder Victor Fotso died. These reveal a raft of transactions that took place around the time of the Cameroonian billionaire's death and which continue to fuel a bitter battle between his heirs.
The private clinic located in the French capital and favoured by African VIPs, is facing a claim for "negligence" and "fraud" relating to its treatment of the late business tycoon Victor Fotso, from Cameroon, who died in the hospital on 19 March 2020.
After the Vatican made its voice heard, Paris has reminded the Cameroonian government of its concerns about the continuing crisis in the English-speaking provinces. European Union states hope that the new US administration, which purports to put human rights at the heart of its foreign policy, will come to their help.
After having pleaded for a suspension of interest payments on its sovereign debt with one hand, Cameroon is preparing with the other to call on the the banks to loan it more money to enable it to complete construction of the Paul Biya Stadium, which is due to be the centrepiece of next year's Africa Cup of Nations.
After having fought bitterly over the will of the oligarch, who died in the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 19 March 2020, the Fotso clan could be in for more turbulence. One of Victor Fotso's daughters has written to the public prosecutor in Paris, to complain about the circumstances in which he died.
The burial of oligarch Victor Fotso in Bandjoun has not ended the battle between his would-be heirs, the existence of which was revealed by Africa Intelligence at the end of March. Following the disputes over the repatriation of his body, the hostilities now concern the validity of the different wills he made.