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Vol 50 No 13

Published 26th June 2009


No funeral for Françafrique

On 16 June, Francophone leaders came to bury El HadjOmar Bongo Ondimba, éminence grise of the occult Françafrique networks, and to keep alive the personalised relations between France and its former colonies. Yet no current leader - Presidents Laurent Gbagbo, Paul Biya, Blaise Compaoré or Denis Sassou-Nguesso - can fulfil the role pioneered by Côte d'Ivoire's President Félix Houphouët-Boigny and continued by the 'Grand Camarade'.

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