Founder of the Union des démocrates et indépendants (UDI), former Minister of Ecology, Energy, Development and Sustainable Planning (2007-2010). Jean-Louis Borloo, 63, ex-lawyer and French politician, has made frequent visits to Africa in recent months. From Dakar to Brazzaville and Addis Ababa, he has been lobbying for his new project. His foundation Énergie pour l’Afrique was introduced in Paris on 3 March 2015 in the presence of François Hollande, the French President, who had invited himself to the event as a surprise guest. The ambition of the project is to be a part of Africa’s new momentum by bringing electricity to thousands of household throughout the continent, and giving the reins of this electrical “Marshall plan” to a number of African personalities.
An interview with African Geopolitics — You have announced the creation of a foundation for energy development in Africa. What is your speciﬁc goal? Jean-Louis Borloo — Africa is at a crossroads. Its demographic transition and economic expansion are having an impact on all its neighbours. In this context, Europe’s blindness in relation to Africa’s current energy situation seems particularly astonishing given that we are living in a world where energy is vital. It...
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