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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 […]

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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Conflict in DRC: France pledges help

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced support to the Democratic Republic of Congo to enable it tackle armed groups in the east of the country. Macron made the statement during a meeting with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday. “We signed the second agreement on the subject of support for development […]

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Renault to start assembling, distributing two models in Nigeria

French automaker Renault announced Thursday it reached a deal with a Nigerian local partner for the production and distribution of its “Logan” and “Duster” models. Lagos-based Coscharis Group will provide its plant for the production and distribution of the Renault vehicles through its sales network in the West African country. “With a population of over […]

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Peugeot to start production at its Kenitra plant

French car producer Peugeot Societe Anonyme (PSA) will launch in the second quarter (Q2) a new production factory, in Kenitra, 40 km to the north of capital city Rabat, with the first car to be unveiled as of July. PSA has pumped a total investment of MAD 6 billion ($620 million) into the project and […]

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