France and its five Sahel partners in Western Africa agreed Monday to step up their military cooperation to combat the jihadist insurgency threatening the region, agreeing to place their forces under one umbrella, known as the Coalition for the Sahel.
French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France’s military role is being questioned.
France’s armed forces said Monday it had carried out a drone strike for the first time, during operations in Mali at the weekend in which it said 40 “terrorists” were killed.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday that “colonialism was a grave mistake” and called for “turning the page” on the past during a visit to Ivory Coast, a former French colony.
Eight West African countries Saturday agreed to change the name of their common currency to Eco and severed the CFA franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.
On a visit to the Ivory Coast, French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated a sports complex in the popular Koumassi district of Abidjan on Saturday, in the company of former football legend Didier Drogba, a hero of both Marseille and Chelsea, and Fr…
France and Sahel G5 leaders have agreed to meet on January 13 in Pau, southwestern France, a meeting that was initially due to take place in France this month, the French presidency said.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed on Thursday to postpone to early 2020 a meeting of Sahel country leaders due to take place in France later this month, the French presidency said.
Rights groups hailed on Monday a French decision to drop plans to offer six boats to Libya’s coast guard.
The death of 13 French soldiers in a helicopter accident in Mali on November 25 has underlined the challenges France’s armed forces face in the Sahel, amid intensifying insurgent attacks and doubts about the effectiveness of its military allies in thi…