Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Life for British Muslims since 7/7'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Hollande and Merkel play good cop, bad cop on Greece

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Burma: Fisherman returns home after 22 years as a slave

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Will Greece's banks be able to re-open on Thursday?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

#Varoufexit: Greece's finance minister bows out

Read more

THE DEBATE

What now? Uncertainty for Greece and for Europe (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

What now? Uncertainty for Greece and for Europe (part 2)

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Environmental migrants: The neglected refugees

Read more

REVISITED

One year after Gaza war, residents still struggling to survive

Read more

An in-depth report by our senior reporters and team of correspondents from around the world. Every Saturday at 9.10 pm Paris time.

REPORTERS

REPORTERS

Latest update : 2012-04-27

Black gold brings hope to French Guiana

French Guiana, an overseas department bordering Brazil, is one of France's poorest regions, where unemployment is at a record level. But with oil being discovered, locals are starting to hope for a better life. Will they benefit from the black gold?

Right in the middle of the economic crisis, oil companies Tullow Oil, Shell and Total announced in September 2011 they had discovered an oilfield 150 kilometres off the coast of French Guiana. The find was described as "significant" and "historic".

It is indeed highly relevant for the population of one of the country's poorest areas, and also means France as a nation could become the world’s third or even second oil producer in 15 years’ time, when new sources of oil are expected to be of worldwide importance.

Where is this oilfield? What is happening on the rig today? How much oil is there? What is at stake? What are the environmental risks? And how is all this going down with the local population and the politicians?

Our reporter Nicolas Ransom went to find out more.

By Nicolas RANSOM

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-07-03 Libya

Libya in search of unity

Four years after the fall of Gaddafi, Libya is deeply divided with two governments and two armies. The Islamist militia Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) controls the capital Tripoli....

Read more

2015-06-26 Kenya

Kenya's vicious circle: Terrorism and counter-terrorism

Last April, two years after the massacre at the Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya was again plunged into horror. At Garissa University in eastern Kenya, 148 students were shot dead in...

Read more

2015-06-12 Burma

The Great Rohingya 'Exodus'

In Burma, the stateless Rohingya minority, estimated at 1.3 million people, is systematically discriminated against by both the authorities and extremist Buddhist monks.

Read more

2015-06-05 Ukraine

Ukraine: A phoney war in strategic Mariupol

Mariupol is a strategic port on the Sea of Azov in eastern Ukraine. It is one of the last major eastern cities still controlled by Kiev, but it remains under constant threat from...

Read more

2015-05-29 Iraq

Video - Abu Azrael: ‘Iraq’s Rambo’

In the Iraqi army and on social networks, he’s an icon. Abu Azrael, a Rambo-like Shiite militiaman, has helped push back the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq. Our reporters went...

Read more