Letters to the Editor
Thank you for the comprehensive coverage on Angolagate (May 2001). I hold no brief for Pierre Falcone but I wonder if his crime, if it is a crime, lay in falling foul of French rules regarding the sale of weapons.
Your article states: "Falcone is a French citizen and his oil-backed operations aimed at facilitating the purchase of weapons for Angola were made with financial support of the French bank Paribas. For both these reasons, he should have asked the French Defence and Foreign Ministries for permission before going ahead with the deals." From this it would appear that his mistake lay in not asking the French Ministries for permission rather than in facilitating the sale of arms to the Angolan government.
Does this imply that if he had asked for permission, he might have got it? If so, would the arms deal still have been …
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Publication information: Article title: Letters to the Editor. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: African Business. Publication date: June 2001. Page number: 6. © 2009 IC Publications Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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