Libreville, a Dirty African Star

Where a champagne bar is just a block away from the nearest slum

Libreville, the seventh most expensive city in the world, is hot, dusty and distressing. More than half of Gabon’s population lives here, among shantytowns and open sewers, hoping for a brighter future that is not going to come. However Gabon, the country where the most amazing ‘African miracle’ has come true thanks to its natural resources, is among the first twenty consumers of French champagne in the world. And not far from the shantytowns, in residential areas, in expensive restaurants and nightclubs, the extremely wealthy Gabonese oligarchy leads a luxurious life style well above European standards.