Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguemathe attends the funeral of Gabonese President Omar Bongo, on June 16, 2009 in Libreville. Sarkozy was met with jeers today as he joined fellow leaders at the funeral of Gabon’s Omar Bongo Ondimba, Africa’s longest-serving head of state. Bongo, 73, died in Barcelona from cancer on June 8, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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