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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.

26/06/2014

African press review 26 June 2014

Celebration and tragedy hit Nigeria's front pages. Who was behind the Abuja bombing? A Kenyan opposition party vows to hold a banned rally.

Mirage 2000 jets on a base in Corsica
10/06/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

French Mirage jet fighter crashes in Niger

A French Mirage fighter jet has crashed in Niger on its return from a mission in Mali. The crew of two suffered no injuries, according to the French military.

A Greenpeace floats over a nuclear power station at Saint-Vulbas near Lyon
31/05/2014 - France

France’s nuclear energy costs to soar

The cost of nuclear energy in France is to increase sharply and continue to increase over the next few years, France’s official auditor says, predicting that investment to prolong the lives ...

Areva's uranium mine at Arlit, northern Niger
28/05/2014 - France - Niger

Areva agrees nuclear mining deal with Niger

French nuclear energy group Areva has signed a deal with Niger’s government to renew its operation of two uranium mines in the north of the country.

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.

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.

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