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22/07/2014 - France - Sahel

Operation Barkhane increases French influence in the Sahel

The French government announced that a new military operation, spanning five countries in the Sahel region of North Africa, will start at the beginning of August.
François Hollande meets Ivorians in Abidjan on Friday
19/07/2014 - France - Mali - Niger - Chad

Hollande in Chad ahead of Sahel anti-jihadi base launch

French President François Hollande was in Chad on Saturday in a visit to prepare the launching of a new headquarters for French forces in the Sahel region.
François Hollande (R) and Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa in 2012
21/05/2014 - France - DRC

Hollande discusses Central Africa troop presence with DRC’s Kabila in Paris

French President François Hollande was expected to urge Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) leader Joseph Kabila to keep troops in the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) at a meeting in ...
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.

French President François Hollande (R) and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attend a joint news conference following the African Security Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 17, 2014.
18/05/2014 - France-Nigeria-Cameroon

African leaders declare 'war' on Al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram

African leaders meeting in Paris have pledged to wage war on Boko Haram islamist militants, suspected of having links with other terrorist organizations.
French President Francois Hollande (C) poses for a familly photo with  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, African leaders and EU representatives, May 17, 2014.
17/05/2014 - France-Nigeria

Global strategy against Boko Haram adopted at Paris security summit

African and Western leaders agreed on Saturday to combine their intelligence information and defence mechanisms in a bid to reduce the security risk posed by Boko Haram.
French President François Hollande welcomes Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as he arrives to attend the African Security Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 17, 2014
17/05/2014 - France - Nigeria

France hosts security summit to tackle Boko Haram

African leaders and representatives from the US and Britain attended a security summit in Paris on Saturday to elaborate a global strategy to combat Boko Haram.
A demonstration in Lagos demands the return of the kidnapped schoolgirls
12/05/2014 - France - Nigeria

France hopes to host summit on kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

Paris hopes to host a summit of African leaders on efforts to find the 223 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist Boko Haram group, French President François Hollande announced on ...
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President François Hollande with troops in CAR
08/05/2014 - France - Mali - Niger - Chad

France to deploy 3,000 troops in Sahel

France is to deploy 3,000 troops in the Sahel, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.
Mokhtar Belmokhtar,
14/04/2014 - Libya - Mali - Algeria - Chad

Jihadi leader Belmokhtar alive in Libya and plotting attacks, sources

The Sahara jihadi leader behind last year's bloody hostage-taking at the In Amenas gas plant is alive and plotting new attacks in Libya, security sources say, contradicting earlier reports of Mokhtar ...
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