Published on 23 September 2015

Bollore's train into trouble

French entrepreneur Vincent Bollore often attracts hostile reactions as he seeks to extend his interests in Africa. His ambitious plan to create a rail line linking Abidjan to Lomé via Ouagadougou, Niamey and Cotonou is a case in point, as is demonstrated in this comprehensive special report from West Africa Newsletter and Africa Mining Intelligence.

Uncertainties about technical aspects and financing apart, the rights to the project itself are disputed by other operators like Samuel Dossou, a former adviser to Omar Bongo who today heads the Petrolin group, and Michel Bosio, chairman of Africarail.

They consider that they have been plundered by the Breton businessman and are planning legal action against him. Because of the issues it raises, the project has even come up for discussion at the French presidency, where it has sparked off a war of the clans in the highest echelons of the French state.

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