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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.

French President François Hollande with former hostages Marc Feret, Pierre Legrand and Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol (L-R)
31/10/2013 - France - Niger - Mali

Far right's Le Pen 'troubled' by Al-Qaida hostages' return to France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday declared herself "troubled" by TV footage of four hostages who returned to France on Wednesday after three years as prisoners of Al-Qaida.

French President François Holland with Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the Elysée Palace
01/10/2013 - France - Mali

Mali's President Keita cuts short France visit after weekend of violence

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita cut short his visit to Paris on Tuesday because of a recent outbreak of violence in the north of his country and a protests by troops in Bamako.

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. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the MNLA, which is fighting for autonomy in ...

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

13/08/2013 - France - Mali

Laurent Fabius calls election of new Malian president a 'promising renaissance'

Following the election of a new president in Mali, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius shared a warm congratulations to the Malian people and said the newly elected President Ibrahim Boubacar ...

Soumaïla Cissé (L) will face Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (R) in the second round
02/08/2013 - Mali

Mali presidential election goes to second round

Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on 11 August 11, the government said Friday.

A woman votes in the first round of Mali's election on Sunday
30/07/2013 - Mali - France

French leaders claim peaceful Mali vote justifies military intervention

France's embattled Socialist government rushed to welcome a peaceful vote in Mali’s presidential election Sunday, claiming it justified the French-led military intervention against armed ...