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March 14, 2003

Why do France and Russia love Saddam?

"How much oil could Iraq potentially pump? The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) says Iraq--planning ahead for the end of U.N. sanctions someday--has signed several deals with oil companies such as TotalFinaElf (nyse: TOT - news - people ) and Taftneft in Russia worth an estimated $38 billion that in theory could push Iraq's daily production capacity to 4.7 million barrels per day. But those deals will not likely bear fruit. "

Ah, money maybe? Not much other info in the Forbes article the quote is from.