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French special forces in Gao, northern Mali
30/10/2014 - France - Mali

10th French soldier killed in Mali in clash with jihadists

A French soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a clash with jihadist insurgents in northern Mali.
The funeral of nine Minusma troops killed in northern Mali earlier this month in Bamako
27/10/2014 - France - Libya - Mali

France to send troops back to north Mali as insurgent activity revives

France is to send troops redeployed to neighbouring countries back to theMali because UN forces have failed to turn up in the troubled north of the country as planned, French Defence Minister ...
A shipyard in the Philippines
27/10/2014 - France - World economy

World’s shipbuilders pitch for 450-billion-euro market at Paris salon

Naval contractors show their wares in Paris this week, pitching for a cut of the 45-billion-euro world market in a sector that is growing despite cuts in government spending.
Operational troops will not be affected by the cuts, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday
15/10/2014 - France

France to cut 7,500 military jobs in new budget cuts

France is to slash 7,500 jobs in its military as part of make major cuts to defence spending.
The Algerian army hunting Hervé Gourdel's killers in the Djurdjura mountains
11/10/2014 - Algeria - France

Algeria claims five jihadists killed in hunt for French tourist’s killers

Algerian soldiers have killed five jihadi gunmen during the hunt for the killers of French tourist Hervé Gourdel, the defence ministry and army announced on Friday.
Gendarmes police a union demonstration in Paris - they could be on the other side soon
03/10/2014 - European Union - France

European court strikes down France’s ban on soldiers’ trade unions

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered France to scrap a ban on soldiers joining a trade union, describing it as a breach of the right to freedom of association.

Operation Barkhane aims to secure the Sahel-Saharan strip.
03/10/2014 - France - Mali - United States

France may pay for future US military assistance in Mali

The United States will continue to give military assistance to French forces in the Sahel but France will have to pick up the bill, American defence officials told the AFP news agency on ...
Iraqi President Fuad Masum with France's François Hollande at this week's conference on his country in Paris
19/09/2014 - France - Iraq - US

French air strikes on Iraq begin

France has carried out its first air-strikes in Iraq, just hours after President François Hollande announced the country’s participation in the US-led offensive against the Islamic State ...
19/09/2014

African press review 19 September 2014

There are questions over the death toll after a Nigerian church collapsed and why the tragedy happened. Three men claim they were shopping for arms for Nigerian intelligence in SA.
President François Hollande at his press conference on Thursday
19/09/2014 - France - US - Iraq

Obama welcomes French decision to join Iraq air strikes

US President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomed France’s decision to take part in air strikes against the Islamic State armed group in Iraq as Washington tries to win allies to fight the ...
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