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France 24 Observer Ballack Obame arrested in Gabon

Students at Omar Bongo University in Libreville, Gabon, have been protesting for better conditions for several years. This protest recently moved from the campus to the courthouse. Last week, after protesting against the postponement of the verdict in the case of two of their imprisoned classmates, several students were arrested – including our Observer, Edvin Ballack Obame. Read more…

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Life in the fast lane: the luxury cars of Gabon’s presidency


FRANCE 24 has obtained documents and photos, and conducted interviews, which show that the president’s office of Gabon owns a veritable armada of luxury cars. Maybach, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, BMW… The fleet contains several hundred fancy cars, some of which are almost never used, in a country where more than one third of the population lives under the poverty line. Read more and see photos...
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Mob attacks African students in Indian metro

Videos have emerged of three African students nearly being lynched in the New Delhi metro. Accused of sexual harassment, they were beat with chairs and sticks as a mob screamed at them. Read more...

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From Africa to Asia, the scaly anteater is being hunted to extinction

The pangolin is the only truly scaled mammal in the world and is, fittingly, nicknamed the scaly anteater. In Gabon, where its meat is particularly popular, and, in Vietnam, where its scales are thought to have healing powers, our Observers have been raising the alarm about a sharp increase in the poaching of this animal on the brink of extinction. Read more..

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How I unraveled an African statue hoax

If there was a ranking of the craziest Internet swindles, this one might just win first place. A week ago, I got a call from a stranger who tried to convince me to buy a collection of small statues in order to save a village in northern Gabon. I smelled a rat, but, intrigued, decided to play along...

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Gabon student fury grows over university conditions

 
For more than a year, students at the University of Omar Bongo have been protesting against unpaid scholarships and a lack of student resources. Faced with a lack of response from the authorities, students have turned to violence and have started clashing with police. Read more...

Mountains of rubbish take over Gabon's capital

 
The streets of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, look more like a rubbish tip because the only company in charge of garbage collection is struggling to clear the waste. On top of leaving a nauseating smell across the city, this phenomenon has created a thriving breeding ground for disease. Read more...
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Leaked images show student protesters locked up in tiny, dark cell

 
In Gabon’s capital Libreville, a group of striking university students has been kept locked up in a cell by the military police since Monday. A few of them were briefly released, which allowed them to disseminate photos and videos that they had taken with a mobile phone they had managed to hide. These images show the students cramped together in a dirty, windowless space the size of a closet. See the images and read our interview with one of the students, who says he was freed because of health problems…
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