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Fight against religious extremism: Emmanuel Macron praises King Mohammed VI

In a speech from Ouagadougou, French President Emmanuel Macron hailed Morocco’s King Mohammed VI for “his eminent, leading role in the fight against obscurantism and religious ex-tremism”. Speaking to 800 students in the Ouagadougou University in Burkina Faso Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron praised King Mohammed VI for his drive to eradicate religious radical-ism and extremism […]

Moroccan Economy Offers Platform for French Companies Willing to Invest in Africa- French PM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philipe said that the Moroccan economy offers a platform for French companies willing to invest in Africa notably in fields relating to services, finance and trade. Philipe, who was speaking at the Moroccan-French Business Forum, which he co-chaired along with Head of the Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, highlighted the importance […]

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Blackmail against Morocco: French Highest Court Rejects Plea to Annul Recordings, No appeal possible

The Highest Court in France, the Court of Cassation, rejected on Friday an appeal to annul audio recordings implicating two French journalists, Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet, who are being prosecuted for attempted extortion and blackmail against Morocco. The Cassation Court has acknowledged in a ruling that cannot be appealed the validity of two recordings, […]

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The G5-sahel initiative gets $60 million boost from the US

The United States on Monday promised up to $60 million to support the G5-Sahel Joint Force’s counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said in a statement. The US has been very reluctant to support the G5-Sahel 5,000 troops made up with forces from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania since the beginning of the negotiations. […]

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Togo: US, France, ECOWAS express concern over political situation

The United States, France and West Africa regional bloc ECOWAS’ heads of states on Wednesday, called on Togo to begin an immediate dialogue on constitutional reforms and curb the rising violence in the country. The move follows two months anti-government protests where thousands of people have thronged the streets of the tiny West African nation’s […]

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Somalia: at least 276 people killed in deadliest single attack in decades

At least 276 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured by a single bomb attack in Somalia this weekend, making it the worst terrorist atrocity in the terrorism-stricken nation’s history. Local media reported that most of the bodies have been burnt beyond recognition and officials feared that the toll would continue to climb. […]

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France to welcome 3,000 refugees from Africa by 2019

France will welcome about 10,000 refugees by 2019, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday after meeting with the President of the UN High Commission for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. Out of the 10,000 refugees who will be granted asylum, 3,000 will come from sub-Saharan Africa. France will start “in the coming weeks” missions in Niger and […]

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Africa has imported $ 65.8 billion food in 2016 – Report

The African continent spent about $ 65.8 billion on food imports in 2016, a report released by Trade Law Center for Southern Africa (TRALAC) said. According to the report, trade data over the review period 2012-2016 reveal that on average Africa’s food trade deficit was around US$30 billion annually. It noted that from a high […]

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Rwandan Genocide: French Bank BNP Paribas under investigation

Judges in France have opened a judicial investigation against BNP Paribas for ‘complicity in genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity,’ AFP reports on Monday. According to AFP, the move comes after three NGOs had filed a lawsuit against BNP Paribas for alleged “complicity” in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority in Rwanda. The […]

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Rwanda, France move to strengthen mutual interests

Rwandan President Paul Kagame met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, as diplomatic relationships between the two nations remain hostage to the 1994 genocide, Reuters reports. Rwanda and France have an on-going dispute about the circumstances surrounding the 1994 plane crash, where most victims […]

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