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Vol 42 No 5

Published 9th March 2001


Free Falcone

Luanda and Paris have fallen out over Angolagate (AC Vol 42 No 3). President José Eduardo dos Santos has lamented that the French justice system targeted arms dealer Pierre Falcone, who had made an 'enormous contribution to preserving democracy and the rule of law' in Angola. In an extraordinary speech on 26 February accepting the credentials of Alain Richard, the new French ambassador to Luanda, Dos Santos said that while he didn't want to interfere in internal French affairs, the Angolagate investigation had prompted a campaign of 'brainwashing and defamation' against his government.

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