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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 […]

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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Libyan Parties urged to show restraint, deescalate tensions

The governments of France, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have expressed deep concern over fighting in Libya and urged all parties to immediately de-escalate tensions, which are hindering prospects for UN political mediation. n a joint statement issued Thursday, the five countries said at this sensitive moment in […]

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Genocide: France drops charges against Rwandan officials

French investigative magistrates have dropped charges against nine Rwandan officials investigated over the death of the country’s president in 1998. French judges have dropped the long-running investigation into the shooting down of a plane carrying the former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. A judge accused Tutsi rebels, led by the current president, Paul Kagame, of the […]

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Former CAR militia leader arrested in France faces war crimes trial

French authorities have arrested a “senior leader” of the Anti-Balaka militia who is facing extradition to The Hague, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said. Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona is suspected of committing war crimes in the Central African Republic. Prosecutors of the International Court say Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona was the “senior leader” of the militia that carried out […]

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Burkina Faso: French court rules for extradition of François Compaore

Paris Court of Appeal has rubber-stamped the extradition of Francois Compaore, brother of ousted president Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso. The court ruled in favor of Francois Compaore’s extradition to his home country where he is wanted in connection with investigations about the assassination of Nobert Zongo, a prominent journalist killed in December 1998, alongside […]

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