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Catching the plane, West African-style

Monday 25 February 2013 - Eye witness

Aerial view of the Ogooué River in Gabon, which carried AFP photographer Patrick Fort along the first part of his odyssey to the airport in Douala, Cameroon.

Who hasn't, at least once, made a crazy, mad dash for the airport? But we're willing to wager that even your best 'I-barely-made-it' story can't match this one. AFP's Libreville bureau chief, Patrick Fort, was on holiday with his family in southern Gabon when he got the call from Paris -- 'you've got a plane to catch'. (AFP Photo/Xavier Bourgois)

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Court is in session! Uncross your legs

Sunday 16 December 2012 - Eye witness

The Oyem courthouse

AFP’s Libreville bureau chief Patrick Fort follows a bushmeat corruption case in a Gabon courthouse with a peculiar set of rules. (AFP PHOTO)

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African daydream: Bicycles, bananas and bushmeat

Monday 30 April 2012 - Eye witness

Photo by AFP reporter Patrick Fort, waiting for the cyclists in Gabon's Tropicale Amarissa Bongo road race to come around the bend.

"I decide to drive out far enough to see the cyclists whizz by in a single group, but stop first to fill up the tank at a petrol station. But they don't have any gasoline. Outside of Libreville, I am told repeatedly, diesel rules. 'A 4-wheel drive that runs on gas is useless,' is practically a dictum in Gabon. Good thing I’ve always got a couple of spare cans in the trunk.  As the race sets out, we go through village after village with clapboard houses topped by tin roofs held down by big branches and rocks, creating the illusion that it just rained sticks and stones." Follow AFP's Patrick Fort as he covers the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, one of Africa's premier cycling tourneys...(AFP Photo/Patrick Fort)

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