Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking stance deserves nothing but contempt

Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking stance deserves nothing but contempt

As South African lawmakers press ahead with a range of tobacco control measures, some of the most vehement opposition has come from the tobacco industry itself. While the source of opposition is hardly surprising, the key message is: the manufacturers claim the new plans will stop people from quitting smoking….

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

Can drones save sub-Saharan Africa from starvation? That’s the question being asked by scientists, engineers, climatologists and politicians as climate change radically alters weather patterns and temperatures on the African continent, posing new challenges to a sector that is being asked to feed a rapidly growing population while simultaneously adapting…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

It’s a story with all the hallmarks of a supermarket tabloid: sex, betrayal, spies and smuggled cigarettes. Yet the turmoil at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has resulted in a very real crisis, centering on a deluge of illegal cigarettes which, according to a new report, have cost the…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

US sanctions in the DRC are a thin smokescreen

Another businessman outed by the Paradise Papers has been sanctioned by the US government: Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler has been accused of handling hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and President Trump has responded by declaring a…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Can George Weah lead Liberia?

Despite its turbulent history, marred by civil war and the 2014 Ebola epidemic, Liberia should be on the verge of experiencing the first peaceful transition of power in 73 years. With President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stepping down after two terms, former international football star and now Senator George Weah, 51…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

The chilling effects of the Congolese press crackdown

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stop harassing and detaining journalists after at least 18 reporters were arrested while attempting to cover anti-government protests at the end of last month. Demonstrators across the country had gathered…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Breaking Down Monopolies: Key to Africa’s Economic Success

A new report from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in London should send shivers down the collective spine of the development community: On its current trajectory, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will face a projected shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040. The paper argues – as have others –…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Joseph Kabila: The Dictator in His Labyrinth

Trying to stave off what could be Africa’s next civil war, the United States and the European Union have hit several high-ranking officials in President Joseph Kabila’s government with sanctions for their alleged role in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The officials are close associates of…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

François Hollande’s Legacy in Africa

In recent history, few world leaders have been as unpopular as France’s François Hollande. Rising unemployment, tabloid scandals, unpopular legal reforms, and a faltering economy have all led the President to confirm that he won’t stand for re-election in 2017. While Hollande’s presidency has been ridiculed in France, his legacy…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.