LIBREVILLE, GABON: French President Frantois Mitterrand (L) waves to the crowd, 17 January 1983, on his arrival at Leon M’ba airport in Libreville accompanied by his Gabonese counterpart Omar Bongo (R). (Photo credit should read DANIEL JANIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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