Despite his heterogeneous contact network and his determination to remain a free spirit, Billon had no hesitations about joining the government of Daniel Kablan Duncan as Minister of Commerce in late 2012. The appointment brought no great changes in his inner circle. A big Formula One fan, he continues to rely essentially on his family, friends from his Dabakala fiefdom in central Ivory Coast and his collaborators in SIFCA. Will these relations be enough to serve as a platform for a more ambitious political project? This is not at all sure.

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