British taxpayers are funding the multi-million-pound Paris property portfolios of a African dictators, it has been claimed.
Scores of luxury houses and flats in the French capital are now owned by men who regularly receive vast charitable hand-outs.
It emerged yesterday that Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, owns 16 of the most luxurious houses and flats in the French capital.
Nguesso is one of a number of African politicians said to have built vast overseas property empires using public funds – including the proceeds of European foreign aid – from their countries’ treasuries.
Ali Bongo, president of Gabon, owns at least 39 properties in Paris, while the portfolio of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, includes an entire six-storey period building on the prestigious Avenue Foch, alone worth £15million.