The cosy relations between France and Africa

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Allegations that African presidents secretly paid French politicians is of little surprise to observers of France's relationships south of the Sahara.

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Allegations that African presidents secretly paid money to leading French politicians have recently burst into the mainstream media. But they have caused little surprise to those who follow the often tortuous course of relationships between Paris and governments south of the Sahara, writes Paul Melly, an expert on Francophone Africa, on the BBC News website.