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War in Mali
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France has sent thousands of troops to Mali in an effort to help the government win back control of the north, which was lost to an alliance of Al Qaeda-linked jihadia and Tuareg separatists in 2012. With the Azawad nationalists splitting from the the Islamists and several towns captured, the offensive started well for Bamako and Paris. We follow its progress.

Malian troops in Kidal
24/05/2014 - Mali

Tuareg rebels, Malian government sign ceasefire, agree peace talks

Mali’s three main Tuareg separatist groups have signed a ceasefire with the government – a “first step” towards political negotiations, a rebel leader told RFI on ...
Prime Minister Moussa Mara reviews Malian army troops, Kidal, 17 May 2014.
22/05/2014 - France- Mali

France calls for ceasefire in northern Mali

France has called for an immediate ceasefire in the town of Kidal in northern Mali.

A French military helicopter escorts the vehicle of Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara on a visit to Kidal this weekend
21/05/2014 - France - Mali

France to put off Mali redeployment after Kidal clashes

France is to delay plans to redeploy troops in northern Mali to other countries in the Sahel region following the weekend’s clashes between Tuareg separatists and Malian troops.

Prime Minister Moussa Mara , Kidal, 17 may 2014.
19/05/2014 - France - Mali

France calls for release of Mali hostages

French president François Hollande called on Monday for the "immediate and unconditional release of Kidal's administrator and the hostages" after Saturday's deadly clashes between ...
Jean-Pierre Verdon (left) next to Diane Lazarevic (right), the father and daughter of Philippe Verdon and Serge Lazarevic in Paris.
24/11/2013 - France - Mali

Family reflects on Frenchman Serge Lazarevic kidnapped two years ago in Mali

Today marks the second year anniversary since Frenchman Serge Lazarevic was abducted in Mali.

A Malian soldier near Bamako
22/11/2013 - France - Mali

French gendarme shot in Mali capital

A French police officer has been shot and wounded in the Malian capital, Bamako. His assailant was arrested and is being questioned by Malian police.

Former French hostage Francis Collomp (2ndL) is welcomed by relatives and officials including Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) and Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius on the tarmac upon his arrival at Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, Nove
22/11/2013 - France - Nigeria

RFI journalists' murders inspired French Nigeria hostage's escape

The French hostage who escaped Islamist kidanappers in Nigeria last weekend says that the killing of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon inspired him to run away from his captors.

Paris public prosecutor François Molins, who is leading the investigation of Dupont and Verlon's murder
14/11/2013 - France - Mali

RFI journalists killed due to oil leak, French investigator

RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were murdered because their kidnappers' vehicle broke down.
07/11/2013 - France - Mali

Malian police name tuareg vehicle owner in RFI journalist killings

The owner of the vehicle used to transport the two RFI journalists who were shot dead on Saturday has been formally identified as Bayes Ag Bakabo, a Tuareg, according to Malian security sources. ...
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius addresses the commemoration ceremony for Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont
06/11/2013 - France - Mali

France, Mali will track down RFI journalists' killers, French FM Fabius pledges

French investigators will track down the murderers of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon and ensure they are punished, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius told a ceremony in homage to the pair

Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita pays homage to the coffins of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon before they are sent to France
06/11/2013 - France - Mali

Dozens detained in Mali in RFI journalists' murder investigation

At least 35 people have been detained in the inquiry into the murder of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Kidal, according to sources in Mali.
French troops heading to Mali
05/11/2013 - France - Mali

France to withdraw most troops from Mali in January as planned

France said on Tuesday that it would stick to plans to withdraw most of its troops from Mali, as the bodies of the two RFI journalists killed in the north of the country arrived in Paris.

RFI, 5 November, 2013
05/11/2013 - France - Mali

RFI pays tribute to murdered journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon

Staff at Radio France Internationale remained silent for one minute just after 12.30 pm on Tuesday in honour of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, the journalist and sound technician who were killed ...
The bodies arrived at Charles-de-Gaulle airport at 7 am Paris time.
05/11/2013 - France - Mali

Bodies of murdered RFI journalists returned to France from Mali

French President François Hollande was at Charles de Gaulle airport at 7.00 on Tuesday morning to greet the arrival of the plane carrying the bodies of the two RFI journalists killed in Mali ...
Claude Verlon (crouching) with Ghislaine Dupont (R) in Mali in July
04/11/2013 - France - Mali

Enquiry underway into killing of two RFI journalists in Mali

The bodies of the two RFI journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon have been taken back to the Malian capital, Bamako, and are due to be flown back to France later on Monday.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reacts with RFI chief Marie-Christine Saragosse
03/11/2013 - France - Mali

Murder of two RFI journalists met with anger and sadness

France, the journalism world and many others have reacted in horror to yesterday’s killings of Radio France Internationale journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon.

03/11/2013 - France - Mali

Claude Verlon, a field reporter with a meticulous eye

Radio France Internationale journalist and sound engineer Claude Verlon was abducted and killed yesterday in Northern Mali while on assignment with his colleague Ghislaine Dupont.

Ghislaine Dupont
03/11/2013 - France - Mali

Ghislaine Dupont, a fearless reporter with a passion for Africa

Radio France Internationale journalist Ghislaine Dupont was abducted and killed yesterday while reporting in the remote northern Mali town of Kidal.

Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont in Kidal, Mali, in July 2013
03/11/2013 - France - Mali

France says it's determined to fight terrorism after death of two RFI journalists in Mali

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has accused terrorist groups of abducting and murdering Radio France Internationale journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Saturday afternoon in Mali's ...
Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon
02/11/2013 - MALI - FRANCE

Two RFI journalists kidnapped and killed in Kidal

France's Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of RFI’s correspondents in northern Mali, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who were kidnapped in Kidal by a group of men on Saturday ...
French President François Hollande with former hostages Marc Feret, Pierre Legrand and Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol (L-R)
31/10/2013 - France - Niger - Mali

Far right's Le Pen 'troubled' by Al-Qaida hostages' return to France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday declared herself "troubled" by TV footage of four hostages who returned to France on Wednesday after three years as prisoners of Al-Qaida.

Former French hostage Daniel Larribe (2ndR) is welcomed by relatives as French President Francois Hollande (R) and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) look on upon their arrival in France
30/10/2013 - Niger - France - Mali

Millions paid to free French Aqim hostages, report

As four French hostages arrive in France after three years in the hands of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), French media report that a ransom of over 20 million euros was paid to to free them.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (L) and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (R) with former hostages Thierry Dol and Daniel Larribe (C)
30/10/2013 - Niger - France - Mali

French Niger hostages en route to France

Four French nationals who have been held hostage in Niger since 2010 were flying home to Paris on Wednesday morning after being freed on Tuesday.
French President François Holland with Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the Elysée Palace
01/10/2013 - France - Mali

Mali's President Keita cuts short France visit after weekend of violence

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita cut short his visit to Paris on Tuesday because of a recent outbreak of violence in the north of his country and a protests by troops in Bamako.
French President François Hollande (L) and Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in Bamako earlier this month
30/09/2013 - France - Mali

Mali's new president visits France despite continued violence at home

Mali's new President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita started an official visit to France on Sunday despite new violence in the north of the country.
Malian President Ibrahim Baboucar Keita greets Chad's Idriss Déby (L) at Bamako airport
19/09/2013 - Mali - France

Hollande attends IBK investiture as Mali faces post-war challenges

French President François Hollande arrived in Bamako on Thursday to attend ceremonies to mark the investiture of Mali's new president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

A Mujao pick-up truck destroyed by the French army in Mali
23/08/2013 - France - Mali - Mauritania

Jihadist groups unite, threaten France over Mali offensive

Two African-based jihadist groups say they have joined forces to take revenge on France for its military offensive in Mali.
13/08/2013 - France - Mali

Laurent Fabius calls election of new Malian president a 'promising renaissance'

Following the election of a new president in Mali, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius shared a warm congratulations to the Malian people and said the newly elected President Ibrahim Boubacar ...
Malians lining up to vote in the presidential election second round run-off.
11/08/2013 - Report: Presidential election in Mali

Malians vote in second round presidential run-off

Polling stations have opened across Mali as nearly seven million voters choose who will be the country’s next president.
A woman votes during the second round of presidential elections in Bamako, 11 August
11/08/2013 - Report: Presidential election in Mali

Citizen observers keep watchful eye over Mali election

The second round of Mali's historic presidential elections today is being watched closely by a 100-strong team of European Union observers.
Soumaïla Cissé (L) will face Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (R) in the second round
02/08/2013 - Mali

Mali presidential election goes to second round

Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on 11 August 11, the government said Friday.

A woman votes in the first round of Mali's election on Sunday
30/07/2013 - Mali - France

French leaders claim peaceful Mali vote justifies military intervention

France's embattled Socialist government rushed to welcome a peaceful vote in Mali’s presidential election Sunday, claiming it justified the French-led military intervention against armed ...
Malians line up to vote in front a polling station at a Bamako school.
29/07/2013 - France - Mali

France hails Mali elections 'a great success'

People across Mali cast ballots yesterday in the country’s first presidential vote after more than a year of turmoil under a provisional, unelected government.

Voters early on Sunday morning
28/07/2013 - Mali

Mali votes in crucial presidential poll

The eyes of the world were on Mali Sunday as the west African country held its first presidential election since a military officers toppled a civilian government in March 2012, leading to Tuareg ...
Tension in Kidal, Mali, on July 19, 2013
23/07/2013 - France - Mali

France presses Mali to hold election date

France is eager to see Malians head to the polls later this month, despite difficulties in organising the vote as they await a military handover to the United Nations.

Philippe Verdon's father, Jean-Pierre Verdon, and Serge Lazarevic's daughter, Diane Lazarevic
19/07/2013 - France

French hostage was murdered Al Qaeda-style, autopsy shows

French hostage Philippe Verdon was murdered by a bullet in the back of the head, the autopsy on his body has revealed. His family and friends believe he may have been killed because he was ill

15/07/2013 - France - Mali

Body of found in Mali thought to be French hostage Philippe Verdon

Francois Hollande said Monday there is a "very strong" chance that a body found in northern Mali is that of a French hostage and vowed the killing would not go unpunished.

Soldiers from the French Serval operation with Minusma troops
12/07/2013 - Slideshow: French Bastille Day rehearsal

Malian troops to lead France's Bastille Day parade

Troops from Mali and 12 other African countries will lead France’s annual Bastille Day parade in Paris, as François Hollande highlights his biggest policy success.
08/07/2013 - Mali - France

Mali's presidential election hopefuls promise peace and renewal

Campaigning for Mali’s presidential elections, due on July 28, began on Sunday, with hopefuls including four former prime ministers and just one woman.

Burkina Faso's President Balise Compaore (C) greets MNLA general secretary Bilal ag Acherid, after signing their accord.
29/06/2013 - France - Mali

UN peacekeepers to take over Mali mission in July

United Nations troops will take over control from African soldiers in the conflict in Mali starting on Monday, as France reduces its deployment.
A demonstration to support the hostages in Nantes earlier this month
23/06/2013 - France - North Africa

Al Qaeda Africa hostages alive, Hollande says

French President François Hollande on Sunday said he believed an Al Qaeda claim that eight European hostages held in north Africa are still alive. Five of the hostages are French.

Jean-Yves Le Drian with French troops in Mali
14/06/2013 - Mali - France

Two French soldiers wounded as Mali violence continues, Le Drian

French troops continue to clash with armed Islamists in Mali with two French soldiers wounded this week, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RFI Friday.
03/06/2013 - France - Mali

France condemns anti-black violence in Kidal, Mali

France has condemned "violence and extra-judicial arrests" committed against black citizens in Kidal in northestern Mali, calling on all parties there to exercise restraint.

François Hollande speaks to RFI, France 24 andTV 5 Monde.
31/05/2013 - Interview: French president speaks to RFI

France to tighten spying on jihadis after soldier attack, Hollande tells RFI

France is to improve its tracking of radical Islamists, following Saturday’s attack on a French soldier in Paris, French President François Hollande said in an exclusive interview with ...
01/05/2013 - France - Mali

Suspected French jihadist arrested in Mali

A Frenchman suspected of having joined Al-Qaeda has been arrested in northern Mali.

30/04/2013 - France - Mali

Sixth French soldier killed in Mali

A French soldier has been killed in the far north of Mali, bringing to six the number of French soldiers killed since the start of the French-led military intervention in January.

09/04/2013 - France - Mali

France withdraws first soldiers from Mali

France has withdrawn around 100 soldiers from Mali, the army announced on Tuesday.

06/04/2013 - Mali - France

Al Qaeda denies Sahara chief killed in Mali

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) on Saturday denied a French claim that its leader in the Sahara has been killed in the French-led offensive in northern Mali.
31/03/2013 - Mali

Suicide bombing, jihadi attack in central Timbuktu

Fighting in the historic northern Mali town of Timbuktu this weekend left three Islamist fighters dead and five Malian troops wounded, the Malian army said Sunday.
23/03/2013 - France - Mali - Algeria

France confirms death of Al Qaeda chief Abou Zeid

The French President, François Hollande, has confirmed that Abou Zeid, one of the chiefs of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), died last month during a French military operation in Mali's ...
Malian soldiers stand guard before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013.
21/03/2013 - France-Mali

France appoints new ambassador to Mali

France appointed a new ambassador to Mali on Thursday, recalling the existing envoy after he reportedly fell out with French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius.

A French soldier walks across an airstrip tarmac at a Malian air base in Gao, March 9, 2013
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