Alexandre Benalla and Kamal Benali fall short of their wheeler-dealer heroes of yore
The businessman-adventurer has long been one of the main characters of the "Françafrique" era. André Guelfi, Pierre Falcone and Vincent Miclet helped to fashion the myth of the deal-maker who could be found in Africa's presidential palaces and the bars of Paris's luxury hotels, setting up multi-million-dollar deals with just a few phone calls. [...]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn fails to land DRC's IMF consultancy contract
Despite making strenuous efforts, Parnasse, the consulting company of former French IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, failed to win the consulting contract it was chasing in DRC. It was beaten to it by Baker McKenzie, where Strauss-Kahn's successor at the IMF, Christine Lagarde, used to work. [...]
Stressful times for Denis Sassou Nguesso's financial advisors ahead of IMF meeting
On 5 July, the directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are due to decide whether to resume loans to Congo-B after a hiatus of eight years. But on the eve of this crucial decision, there are profound rifts within [. [...]
Far from the cameras Strauss-Kahn plays white "soothsayer"
The disgraced director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is trying to re-invent himself by bringing business deals to Africa, a continent he has visited regularly in recent months. His targets are presidents and his specialty is restructuring [. [...]