When the ruler of one of the world's poorest countries led his family on a 7.7M-euro Paris shopping spree

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Mediapart has gained access to evidence gathered by French police that establishes how Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso and his family, whose country features on the World Bank’s list of ‘Heavily Indebted Poor Countries’, spent at least 7.7 million euros, mostly from Congolese public funds, during a four-year shopping spree in upmarket Paris stores on mostly jewellery, watches and clothes. Police have also partly established how the clan siphoned off Congolese state funds via a network of offshore companies. Fabrice Arfi reports.

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In 2010, a Paris-based judicial investigation was launched into evidence that several African leaders and their families held vast assets in France gained from the proceeds of embezzlement of their countries’ national funds.