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Total named Thierry Desmarest (left) and Patrick Pouyanne (right) as the new chairman and new CEO respetively
22/10/2014 - France - Russia

French oil giant Total names new bosses

The company named a new chairman and a new CEO on Wednesday following the death of its chief executive Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash in Moscow.


French press review 22 October 2014

Christophe de Margerie, the boss of the French oil firm Total, who died tragically in an accident in Moscow on Monday night, dominates this morning's front pages.

Vladimir Martynenko signs his testimony before his lawyer in Moscow
22/10/2014 - FRANCE - RUSSIA

Snowplough driver claims he drove onto runway after "losing his bearings"

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie was killed on Monday night after his private plane collided with the snow clearing vehicle during take-off at Vnukovo airport in Moscow.

Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Monday
21/10/2014 - France/Russia

Russia will remember De Margerie with greatest warmth, says Putin

In a telegram sent to French President Francois Hollande, the Russian President said he was "shocked by the news" after the jet carrying Christophe De Margerie crashed into a snow plough at ...
A file picture of Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Monday
21/10/2014 - France

Total CEO killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, chief executive officer of French oil giant Total, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on ...
François Hollande, Angolan president José Eduardo Dos Santos - Paris, 29 April.
29/04/2014 - France - Angola

Angolan president Dos Santos visits France as relations thaw

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos held talks with the French President François Hollande on Tuesday after years of frosty relations between the two countries.

The Angolan capital, Luanda
14/04/2014 - France - Angola

Total to invest in Angola's ultra-deep Kaombo oilfield

French oil giant Total is to invest in Angola's Kaombo project after finding ways to cut costs of extracting ultra-deep offshore oil by a fifth, the firm announced on Monday.

Shale gas extraction in Fort Worth, Texas, in the US
11/01/2014 - France - United Kingdom

France's Total invests in UK shale gas

French energy giant Total is to search for shale gas in the UK, even though its extraction, known as "fracking", is banned in France.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (R)  with France's François Hollande
13/12/2013 - France - Brazil

Hollande touts French technology in Brazil

French President François Hollande touted France's technical know-how on a visit to Brazil, the emerging economic giant with which he hopes to double trade in the next few years. After meeting his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff Thursday in Brasilia, he went to Sao Paulo on Friday

Charles Pasqua arrivess at court for a different trial in 2011
09/07/2013 - France

Total, Pasqua cleared of oil-for-food corruption charges

The French oil giant Total has been cleared of corruption linked to the UN’s oil-for-food programme during Saddam Hussein’s rule of Iraq.