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Sarkozy in South Africa for talks on energy crisis

Sarkozy in South Africa for talks on energy crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in South Africa yesterday on his first visit to an English-speaking African nation since taking office in May, with talks expected to focus on energy.
Sarkozy was scheduled to kick off his two-day visit in Cape Town, the seat of the nation's parliament, with talks at 11:00 a.m. (Cape Town time) with South African President Thabo Mbeki. He will later address the assembly.
He was due to hold a joint press conference with Mbeki at 12:10 p.m.
South Africa's energy crisis is expected to feature high on the agenda, with Mbeki seeking co-operation from his counterpart along with increased French investment in the transport, energy, automotive and aeronautical sectors.
The chairman of French nuclear giant Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, is accompanying Sarkozy as the company bids for a contract to build up to 12 power plants in Africa's economic powerhouse, crippled by an electricity shortage.
The plants would be built in partnership with construction conglomerate Bouygues and French electricity giant EDF, alongside South African engineering firm Aveng.
"Sarkozy aims to light up our lives," screams a bold headline in The Star newspaper yesterday.


Updated : 2021-05-15 14:27 GMT+08:00