Maintaining Optimism in the Face of Reality. Occasional observations on the state of the world, society, business and politics. Usually anchored by facts, always augmented by opinion.
Since I am guessing most of my readers aren't fluent in French, these English-language accounts may be more helpful. [Moscow Times] [Globe and Mail] Oddly, despite Total's $125 billion market cap, it seems no U.S. business reporter has picked up on this story.
If you can read the Le Monde piece above, it is worth noting that it appears some of the Total bribes when to a Lebanese lawyer, Elias Youssef Firzli, who is also on the list of alleged recipients of money skimmed from the Oil-for-Food Program.
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