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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.

French military base in Gao, northern Mali
15/07/2014 - France - Mali

Ninth French soldier killed in Mali

A French legionnaire has been killed in a suicide attack in northern Mali, the ninth soldier to have died since the French intervention there in 2013.

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.

Malian troops in Kidal
24/05/2014 - Mali

Tuareg rebels, Malian government sign ceasefire, agree peace talks

Mali’s three main Tuareg separatist groups have signed a ceasefire with the government – a “first step” towards political negotiations, a rebel leader told RFI on ...
Prime Minister Moussa Mara reviews Malian army troops, Kidal, 17 May 2014.
22/05/2014 - France- Mali

France calls for ceasefire in northern Mali

France has called for an immediate ceasefire in the town of Kidal in northern Mali.

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.
Paris public prosecutor François Molins, who is leading the investigation of Dupont and Verlon's murder
14/11/2013 - France - Mali

RFI journalists killed due to oil leak, French investigator

RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were murdered because their kidnappers' vehicle broke down.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita pays homage to the coffins of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon before they are sent to France
06/11/2013 - France - Mali

Dozens detained in Mali in RFI journalists' murder investigation

At least 35 people have been detained in the inquiry into the murder of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Kidal, according to sources in Mali.
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