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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 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.
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 ...
MNLA attacks Mali army in Kidal
01/10/2013 - African news explained

MNLA attacks Mali army in Kidal

Insurgents in Mali have launched a fresh attack on the army in the rebel bastion of Kidal.
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

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.

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.
09/03/2013 - France - Mali - Burkina Faso

Le Drian declares Mali jihadis 70 per cent wiped out, heads for Ouagadougou

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to meet Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré on Saturday after declaring France’s task in Mali 70 per cent accomplished.
25/02/2013 - Mali Exclusive

Aqim leader condemns destruction of Mali mausoleums in secret papers found by RFI journalist

RFI journalist Nick Champeaux and a journalist from French newspaper Libération have discovered extraordinary papers in which the leader of Aqim, Abdel Malek Droukdel outlines his strategy for ...
21/02/2013 - France - Mali

Fighting in Gao, car bomb in Kidal, Mali conflict continues

Heavy fighting has broken out in the centre of Gao, the largest town in northern Mali.