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Vol 55 No 9

Published 1st May 2014


Dos Santos turns the page

The lavish reception for President José Eduardo dos Santos at the Elysée Palace on 29 April promoted France's growing investments in Africa's third biggest economy and drew a thick line under the long-running Angolagate arms deal saga that had undermined Paris-Luanda relations for over a decade. France held a seven-year judicial investigation of bribery and money laundering linked to arms sales worth US$790 million in the 1990s involving French and Angolan officials. It culminated in the 2009 conviction of French former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, Jean-Christophe Mitterrand and two French-Israeli confidants of Dos Santos, Pierre Falcone and Arkady Gaydamak.

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