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French transport giant Bollore said Tuesday it would seek compensation for work already carried out on a major rail infrastructure project after Benin asked it to withdraw "amicably" in favour of China.Read More
Benin's President Patrice Talon has asked local firm Petrolin and French giant Bollore to "withdraw" from a major rail infrastructure project to make way for China, in the latest development of the controversial scheme.Read More
Cotonou (AFP) Benin’s President Patrice Talon has asked local firm Petrolin and French giant Bollore to “withdraw” from a major rail infrastructure project to make way for China, in the latest development of the controversial scheme. In an interview published on Thursday in the French magazine Challenges, Talon asked the two companies to “withdraw amicably from the project”, which links Benin to Niger to the north, promising they will be “compensated fairly”. “A private investor cannot finance the railway we want alone,” the head of state was quoted as saying,Read More
The Benin government on Wednesday suspended the country's official pharmacy body for six months and banned a key drugs supplier in a bid to clear up the pharmaceutical sector and crack down on fake drugs.Read More
A court in Benin on Tuesday jailed seven local pharmaceutical executives for four years on charges of selling illicit medicines after a trial that breaks new ground in West Africa's campaign against fake drugs.Read More
Cotonou (AFP) A court in Benin on Tuesday jailed seven local pharmaceutical executives for four years on charges of selling illicit medicines after a trial that breaks new ground in West Africa’s campaign against fake drugs. The seven were convicted of “the sale of falsified medicines, display, possession with a view to selling, commercialisation or sale of falsified medical substances.” They work for wholesale pharmaceutical distribution companies, five of which — GAPOB, Ubipharm, CAME, Ubephar and Promo Pharma — dominate the sector in Benin. They were also fined 100 millionRead More
Police on Friday fired teargas to break up an anti-government demonstration by Benin's political opposition involving thousands of people, according to AFP reporters on the ground.Read More
The sleepy town of Bohicon in southern-central Benin roars into life during the cotton harvest between January and March.Read More
Bakou (Benin) (AFP) The sleepy town of Bohicon in southern-central Benin roars into life during the cotton harvest between January and March. Enormous trucks piled high with “white gold” trundle down the roads to the town’s cotton-processing plant. Yerima Fousseni, head of the cotton-growers cooperative in Wewe district farther north, says 2018 has been a bumper harvest — more than 46 tonnes, triple last year’s yield. “We now have 32 farmers in the village — before, there were only 10 of us. Everyone has been able to see that there’sRead More
The French city of Orleans has for the first time named a mixed-race teenager to play folk heroine Joan of Arc for annual festivities, prompting a torrent of racist abuse from far-right social media users.Read More