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Chadian soldiers fighting Boko Haram in February
12/03/2015 - France - Nigeria - Niger

France to move troops from CAR to back anti-Boko Haram fight

France is to boost its military presence in the Sahel region of Africa to support the fight against Boko Haram, whose insurgency has spread from Nigeria to Chad and Niger.
Abderrahmane Sissako speaking to RFI
18/02/2015 - France - Mauritania

Timbuktu director Sissako to chair Cannes short film jury

Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako is to be the president of the short films jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the organisers announced on Tuesday.
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 withthe presidents of Comoros, Tanzania, Cameroon, Togo, Gabon and Côte d'Ivoire
06/12/2013 - France - Africa summit

France strives to keep African influence at Paris summit

"The world is in mourning" for Nelson Mandela, French President François Hollande told a summit on peace and security in Africa as it opened on Friday.
French troops on patrol in northern Mali
15/11/2013 - France - Senegal - Mali

France to appoint Dakar-based anti-terror czar for Sahel

France is to name an anti-terror czar for the Sahel region, to be based in Dakar, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced on a visit to the Senegalese capital Friday.
17/09/2013 - France - Niger

France says Niger hostage video credible

France’s foreign ministry says a video purporting to show hostages including four Frenchmen, released to the Mauritanian news agency ANI, appears "credible".

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.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault  with Malaysia's Najib Razak on a visit to the country this week
31/07/2013 - France - Africa

France to target 16 African countries for aid

France has rejigged its aid priorities with 16 African countries to receive the lion’s share of the 9.4 billion euros it is to give in 2013.

20/03/2013 - France - Mali - Maurtania

Hollande summons defence chiefs after Al Qaeda hostage execution claim

President François Hollande called a meeting of France’s top defence committee Wednesday morning after Al-Qaeda’s north African branch (Aqim) claimed that it has killed a French ...
09/03/2013 - Mauritinia - France

Mamère withdraws drugs slur against Mauritania's Abdel Aziz

French MEP Noël Mamère has backed down on an accusation that Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is a “drugs godfather” after being summoned to appear in ...
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