As a very brief follow-up to that article I linked to yesterday, I want to remark on what I see as the continued effects of French colonialism in Gabon and Congo (and presumably other former French colonies). It's hardly coincidental that the largest oil and gas companies operating in the area are French. Total has a significant presence along with several other French companies like Addax (sort of French) and Maurel & Prom. There's even a French military base near the airport here in Port Gentil.
Edit: Removed ridiculous final sentence.