Keyword: Degas

The art of corruption: the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea's astonishing collection of masterpieces

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Renoir, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Toulouse Lautrec... Les grands noms de la collection Obiang. Renoir, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Toulouse Lautrec... Les grands noms de la collection Obiang.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of the long-serving president of Equatorial Guinea and vice-president in his own right, is under formal investigation by French judges for money laundering. At the heart of the affair are claims that Obiang, who is also defence minister and interior minister, has plundered his country's natural wealth to amass a fabulous collection of late nineteenth art worth 104 million dollars that lined the walls of his luxurious home in Paris. Meanwhile 60% of Equatorial Guinea's population have to survive on less than a dollar a day. Fabrice Arfi investigates.

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