Kofi Yamgnane

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Kofi Yamgnane (born October 11, 1945 in Bassar, Togo) is a French-Togolese politician. Former engineer in the French Bridges and Roads administration, he was Secretary of State in the French government in 1991-1993 and representative of Finistère in the French Parlement in 1997-2002. He stood as a candidate in the 2010 Togolese presidential election; however, his candidacy was rejected by the Constitutional Court due to doubt about his identity. His papers showed two different birth dates, October 11, 1945, and December 31, 1945.[1]

He became well known in France in 1989 after being elected mayor of a village of Brittany, Saint-Coulitz (less than 400 inhabitants), and at this time, one out of only two black mayors in Metropolitan France (and the only black man in his city), the other was Auguste Senghor, mayor of Le May-sur-Èvre, a town (3,891 inhabitants) in the Maine-et-Loire département, from 1989 to 2008, when he became mayor of another town, Saint-Briac (Ille-et-Vilaine).