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October 9 2008

Total celebrates the distribution of 7,000 schoolbags to sudents in Hadramout and pledges to absorb more local employees in its operations

Based on a strong belief in the importance of education in human development in Yemen, Total E&P Yemen launched yesterday, 06 October 2008, the distribution of more than 7,000 schoolbags to students in Sah District, Hadramout Governorate.

Mr. Martin Deffontaines, the General Manager of Total E&P Yemen, stated in the celebration that 'the schoolbag we are distributing today is small in size but very symbolic in value. Through this effort and other similar efforts, we will remain committed to helping our neighboring communities in the education sector.'

H.E. Mr. Gilles Gauthier, Ambassador of France to Yemen, stressed on a speech he gave in this celebration that 'human development comes first. It is only through human development that nations can move forward and develop economically as well.'

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Al-Gunaid, the Deputy Governor of Hadramout for Wadi and Desert Affairs, appreciated in the speech he gave in the celebration 'the efforts being made by TOTAL at different levels while operating in the region.' Deputy Governor Al-Guneid renewed the Yemeni Government's full support for Total's activities in Yemen.

In the celebration, Mr. Martin Deffontaines renewed TOTAL's commitment to local employment plan. Mr. Deffontaines has revealed that TOTAL will aggressively pursue a plan it has established recently in order to incorporate as many local employees as possible in its activities.

About Total E&P Yemen

Total E&P Yemen is the operator of Block 10, east of Shabwa and holds several other participations in oil exploration and production blocks. TOTAL is the major foreign investor in Yemen. Since 1997, the company has been producing from Block 10 and has celebrated early this year the production of 100 million barrels.