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French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.
22/02/2015 - France - Niger

French Foreign Minister in Niger to present anti-Boko Haram strategy

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived Sunday morning in Niamey after visiting Chad and Cameroon on Saturday.

Chadian soldiers participate in the opening ceremony of Flintlock 2015, an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena February 16, 2015. The "Flintlock" manoeuvres unfold as Chad and four neighbouring states prepare a taskforce to take on Boko Haram
21/02/2015 - France - Chad - Cameroon - Niger

French Foreign Minister touring African countries affected by Boko Haram

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Chad on Saturday before travelling to Cameroon and Niger in a show of solidarity with the three French-speaking countries increasingly affected by Boko ...
20/02/2015 - Nigeria - United States

US reluctant to provide lethal equipment to Nigeria for fight against Boko Haram, interview former top US diplomat for Africa

Johnnie Carson, the former US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, has told RFI that the US is unwilling to provide lethal weaponry to Nigeria in their fight against the ...
15/02/2015 - Nigeria - Boko Haram

West Africa must fight Nigeria's Boko Haram with international support, interview UN Special Representative

UN Special Representative for West Africa Mohammed Ibn Chambas has urged Lake Chad basin countries to “aggressively” tackle Nigerian militant group Boko Haram themselves.
A man branishes a Koran in front of a burning car and a mosque in Niamey, 17 January 2015
18/01/2015 - NIGER - FRANCE

Ten killed in Niger during anti-Charlie protests

Deadly riots and destruction on Saturday in Niger’s capital; ongoing tensions on display with a police crackdown on an unrelated political march on Sunday.

Thousand of protestors came together in Zinder on Friday to express their anger against the cartoon on Carlie Hebdo's cover.
17/01/2015 - NIGER - FRANCE

Protests across Muslim world after Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Niger turns violent

Reactions to the satirical magazine’s choice of cover this week – a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad – continue around the Muslim world.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on 5 novembre 2013 in Bamako
18/12/2014 - Mali - France

Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita vows to free remaining Western hostages

In an exclusive interview with RFI, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) says that the four Jihadists freed in exchange for the French hostage Serge Lazarevic will be hunted down by Malian, Niger and French troops.

Serge Lazarevic (L) with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) with his daughter Diane (L) and French President François Hollande at Villacoublay airport
11/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

Mali prison officers threaten strike over Lazarevic prisoner exchange

Prison officers in Mali are threatening to strike over the release of prisoners in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic.
Serge Lazarevic (L) with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President François Hollande at Villacoublay airport
10/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

‘Life is beautiful,’ Lazarevic returns to France after three years as Al-Qaeda hostage

“Life is beautiful when you are free again,” former hostage Serge Lazarevic declared on his return to France on Wednesday morning.

Villagers in Fafa, a village in the Gao region of northern Mali, with a French armoured car
09/11/2014 - France - Mali

French military kills 24 jihadists in north Mali

French forces have killed 24 armed Islamists in a two-week operation in northern Mali, the army announced on Saturday.
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