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Vol 50 No 18

Published 11th September 2009

The flag follows the trade

France's giant power and construction companies have vast economic interests in Africa

Bouygues: Went to Africa in the 1960s; by 2008, Africa operations had a turnover of over 1.6 billion euros (US$2.3 bn.), led by infrastructure subsidiary Colas (E707 million) and Bouygues Construction (E627 mn.). Contracts include 500 kilometres of power-lines between Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville in Congo; Cairo's underground railway; Côte d'Ivoire's power and water utilities; Senegal's water utility; the British Embassy in Algiers; an E825 mn. deep-water port in Tangier, Morocco.

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