Equatorial Guinea's vice-president is not well pleased. His father, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, failed to endorse him as his successor at a ruling party meeting last month. The 2023 presidential election looks set to be turbulent.
The building on the posh Avenue Foch has been earmarked for confiscation since France's top court upheld Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue's conviction on embezzlement and money laundering charges in July. The saga is straining already tense relations with Equatorial Guinea.
The Equatorial Guinean president has yet to respond to a request for accreditation from the EU's new ambassador to Malabo as European states close their embassies in the country one after the other. Only France and Spain have resisted the pressure and kept their representation there.
The French government has started to recover millions of euros from foreign money-laundering convictions against the likes of Syrian businessman Rifaat Al Assad, Uzbek first daughter Gulnara Karimova, and Equatorial Guinea's Teodorín Obiang Nguema. A new development bill that will be debated by parliament this week could provide for the money to returned to the countries it was stolen from.