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Oil & Gas: Uganda gives Tullow Oil, Total production licences

Photo©Stephen Hird/ReutersUganda granted on Tuesday five production licences to UK-listed explorer Tullow Oil and three to France's Total, clearing a major hurdle as the east African country aims to move more quickly towards crude production.

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Uganda to grant oil production licences to France's Total

Photo©Wolfgang Rattay/ReutersUganda's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to allow the energy ministry to grant three oil production licences to France's Total, the presidency said.

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Energy: Cameroon's $1 billion hydroelectric dam expected by 2020

File Photo©Charlie Riedel/AP/SIPAA $1 billion hydroelectric dam planned for Cameroon's Nachtigal River will be ready by 2020, adding over 30 percent to the country's hydropower capacity, the minister of water and energy said on Thursday.

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Oil & Gas: Total files arbitration against Algeria on oil tax change

Photo©Reuters/Wolfgang RattayFrench oil major Total has filed a request for arbitration against Algeria for changing profit-sharing terms on oil and gas contracts in the mid-2000s, Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said on Saturday.

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South Africa: ESKOM's deal with French company to add 100 MW solar power to national grid in 2018

File photo©ReutersFrench group Engie has signed a 20-year power purchase deal with South Africa's state-owned utility Eskom to connect 100 megawatts (MW) of solar power onto the national grid in 2018 from its Kathu Solar plant.

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Fearmongers in the frame

A menacingly authoritarian triumvirate think that it's their turn. Canny, malign and experts in the politics of fear, the US's Donald Trump, France's Marine Le Pen and Russia's Vladimir Putin believe history is on their side.

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Telecoms: Orange to invest in Nigerian e-commerce group Africa Internet

Stéphane Richard, French telecom operator Orange Chairman and CEO. Photo©ReutersFrench telecommunications company Orange is to invest 75 million euro ($85 million) in Nigerian e-commerce group Africa Internet Group (AIG) and become a shareholder, the two companies said on Tuesday.

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Terrorism? But who's behind the weapons?

A vexing double standard about the source of violence in the world plagues our thinking about terrorism.

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Antiquities: The long road home

Potential buyers come face to face with ancestral art at a pre-sale exhibition at Drouot in Paris. Photo©MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFPThe continued contentious trade of Africa's cultural heritage puts Western museums and galleries under fire as African collectors fight back.

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Media: Nollywood's French kiss

iROKO is re-encoding its library of Nollywood films to minimise data costs for watching via the app. Photo©PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFPRomance has blossomed between Nigeria's iROKO and France's Canal+, who have signed a multi-million-euro deal to distribute Nollywood hits in French via an app.

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French tycoon Xavier Niel buys stake in Guinea bauxite miner

Xavier Niel is one of France's richest men. Photo©ReutersFrench telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel's NJJ Capital has acquired a minority stake in Alliance Miniere Responsable (AMR), a Paris-based company developing bauxite reserves in Guinea, AMR said on Wednesday.

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Cote d'Ivoire: CFAO plans 80 malls across Africa, opens $66 million mall in Abidjan

File photo©ReutersFrench distribution group CFAO opened its first shopping mall in Africa on Friday, a $66 million centre in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, as part of a major drive to tap into the growth of Africa's middle classes.

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Infrastructure: Court order stops Bollore's Niger-Benin rail project

French conglomerate Bollore may have to halt work on the Niger to Benin section of its giant West Africa rail project after a rival company won a court order to stop it going ahead.

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Global markets brace for short-term hit after Paris attacks

Global stocks are set for a short-term sell-off on Monday after Islamist militants launched coordinated attacks across Paris that killed 129 people, but analysts said a prolonged economic impact or market reaction was unlikely.

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Oil & Gas: Angola oil output to gain 30,000 bpd in Sonangol, Total deepwater project

Sonangol and a unit of France's Total will break ground on a new deepwater oil pumping project that will add over 30,000 barrels a day to Angola's oil production, the state oil company said.

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French ports company eyes Ghana

From left to right: Philippe Dehays, Hervé Cornede, Richard Anamoo, Nicolas Occis, Ambassador François Pujolas. Photo©Dasmani LaaryA delegation from French ports company, HAROPA, is in Ghana to market cheaper transport logistics through the Seine corridor.

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South Africa: Finance minister promises transparent nuclear procurement

South Africa's Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene. Photo©ReutersSouth African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene pledged on Tuesday that the country's nuclear programme, its most expensive procurement deal, will be transparent.

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French retailer Fnac to open stores in Ivory Coast

Photo©ReutersFrench books and electronics retailer Fnac plans to open its first two stores in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the coming months to exploit growing consumer demand in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Electricity: Guinea's state power firm to be managed by France's Veolia

File photo©ReutersFrance's Veolia has won a contract to manage Guinea's struggling state-owned power firm, a government document showed, in a deal expected to unlock more than $1 billion in investment.

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Africa-France: Life after #JeSuisCharlie

Citizens leapt to the defence of the French Republic, though her ideals of equality remain out of reach. Photo©Stephane Mahe/ReutersCan you be Muslim and French? African and French? The country of 'liberty, equality and fraternity' supports the idea of a universal French identity, but immigrants and their families often face unemployment, discrimination and other challenges.

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