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Nigeria: Who are France’s main players helping to grow the relationship?

By The Africa Report
Posted on Thursday, 15 July 2021 16:51

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 4, 2021: Total CEO and Chairman Patrick Pouyanne seen before a plenary session at the 2021 St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre. Vladimir Smirnov/TASS/Sipa USA Host Photo Agency/

Team France’s success in Nigeria could rest on a useful blend of officials and commercial leaders working with well-networked grass-roots players

France has become more and more involved in Nigeria in recent years. There are particular individuals that have proved vital to this process.

Patrick Pouyanné

Appointed CEO of TotalEnergies – formerly Total – in 2014, Pouyanné comes from the Elf branch of the organisation, having served as general secretary to the Angolan unit of Elf before it was absorbed into Total in 2000.

In May he announced TotalEnergies’ “intention to transform itself into a multi-energy company to respond to the twin challenges faced by energy transitions: more energy and fewer emissions.”