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Algeria recalls envoy to France in protest to two broadcasts on democratic revolution

Algeria Wednesday recalled its ambassador to France for consultations in reaction to the broadcast of two documentary films on the democratic revolution, also known as Hirak, on public TV channels that it deems attack on its people and institutions. The Algerian foreign ministry in a statement said the broadcast of the clips on France 5 […]

France adopted the bill rectifying the end of CFA franc

The bill ratifying the end of the CFA franc was adopted on Wednesday 20 May in the Council of Ministers by the French government. This text formally validates the transformation of the West African currency which will change its name to eco. It is a new step after the announcement made on December 21 by […]

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Guillaume Soro’s lawyers ask for the suspension of his trial

Guillaume Soro, the former president of the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire who has been in exile in France since end December 2019, is due to be tried on Tuesday 28 April at the Abidjan criminal court. Last week, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights demanded that the Ivorian state suspend the arrest […]

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Morocco: Two French defense companies get €400m contracts

Morocco has awarded two contracts worth €400 million to two French defense companies, French media La Tribune reported, adding that the official announcement will be made during President Emmanuel Macron’s planned visit to the kingdom in February. Nexter, a state-owned weapon manufacturer will, under a first deal valued at €200 million, supply an artillery systems […]

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French ENGIE, Moroccan NAREVA to build 120MW-solar plant in Tunisia

ENGIE-NAREVA, a French-Moroccan consortium will build a photovoltaic power plant planned to produce 120 MW, in the Gafsa governorate, 350km south of capital Tunis. The joint venture won an international tender launched by the Tunisian energy ministry and Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricite et du Gaz (STEG), the country’s national electricity and gas company, Power Technology […]

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US calls for cut in UN peacekeeping forces in Mali

The US deputy ambassador to the United Nations Cherith Norman has called for a new approach to address the growing instability in Mali. Norman has called on Wednesday the Security Council to reduce the size of the 15,000 strong peacekeeping force in Mali. According to her, it was time to recognize that peacekeeping missions were […]

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Niger: French President to honor massacred soldiers

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected in Niger on December 22, 2019 to pay tribute to the 71 Nigerien soldiers killed during the December 10 attack near the Malian border. According to the French Presidency, President Emmanuel Macron and his Nigerian counterpart, Issoufou Mahamadou, will discuss security issues as a prelude to a mini-summit in […]

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Public finances: Niger receives a €35 million grant from AFD

The French Development Agency (AFD) will grant Niger €35 million, or 23 billion FCFA, to support the Sahel country in implementing reforms in the management of public finances. This assistance, which is part of Domestic Resource Mobilization, will be spread over a six-year period. As a first step, €30 million will be allocated to the […]

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Mali: France rejects ISIS claims it shot down helicopters

France has denied claims by the ISIS terror group that it shot down the two helicopters, killing 13 French soldiers. The French Army denied that the two helicopters that crashed had been under fire from Islamic State jihadists, contradicting a statement from the militants. “There has been no gunfire from jihadists on our helicopters,” French […]

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Mali: 13 French troops die in collision of two helicopters

A collision of two French military helicopters Monday caused the death of all 13 occupants, in what appears the largest loss in a single day of French troops in Mali since their intervention in 2013. A tiger helicopter hit Cougar helicopter at low altitude at dusk in Northern Mali. The aircrafts were involved in the […]

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