French nuclear giant Areva was solely responsible for a controversial $320m (£250m) uranium deal, a parliamentary investigation in Niger has said. The 2011 deal, known as “uranium-gate”, involved companies in Niger and abroad. Activists have begun legal proceedings. It caused an uproar after a local paper said it had served as cover for officials to embezzle public funds. The report did not find any evidence of wrongdoing by any officials. Areva says it cannot comment on the report. The French company says it has not yet received the report. It has previously said it was co-operating with a French investigation into the case. Niger is one of the world’s biggest uranium producers and the metal is the country’s largest export. Opposition parties say the report has been botched and lacks integrity.
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