Baku cultivates friends in Paris
The French branch of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), which was set up in Paris in March this year, recently [...]
France’s Total is one of the world’s top seven oil and oil products companies and is involved in every aspect of the oil chain from extraction to sales. In the early 2000s, it merged with Elf Aquitaine and was called TotalFinaElf before changing its name back to Total.
Despite Nicolas Sarkozy's determination that they make their mark in Iraq, French companies have yet to catch up with their European and U.S. competitors and now a number of them, jaded by Iraq's bureaucracy and insecurity, are turning their attentions [. [...]
The payment of kick-backs to influential ‘agents’ has become old-hat: these days, major international contracts are won by buying confidential information from the private consultants in charge of assessing bids. The practice is little-known but is widespread in all areas [. [...]