French Authorities Detain Former Havas Chairman Vincent Bolloré for Alleged Corruption

Billionaire denies claims that Havas bribed African officials

Earlier this month, the elder Bollore (pictured) announced that his son Yannick would take over both Vivendi and Havas. Getty Images

Less than a week after announcing that his son Yannick will soon lead both his media empire Vivendi and his marketing network Havas, French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has reportedly been detained by police over allegations that he used the agency network to bribe African government officials nearly a decade ago.

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@PatrickCoffee Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.