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Macron's man

After a baptism of fire, President Bazoum is positioning himself as France’s main security ally in the Sahel

Just three months after taking office, President Mohamed Bazoum has emerged as a central figure in the struggle to restore security to the Sahel.


Hitting the beach

The seaside resort of Jacqueville is now home to the Académie internationale de lutte contre le terrorisme (AILCT), a concept first mooted in 2017 at a meeting of President ...


Emmanuel l'Africain II

With two upcoming summits, President Macron is trying once more to reset his country’s relationship with Africa

If President Emmanuel Macron needed a reminder of his country's reputation in Africa it came with the fury on the streets of Ndjamena to his ill-phrased remarks at the funeral of P...


Regional leaders pay homage to Déby at funeral summit

The death of Chad's just re-elected warrior-president could undermine the regional anti-jihad campaign and leaves a political vacuum at home

Although the full facts of how President Idriss Déby Itno met his death on 19 April are yet to emerge, his successors and regional leaders have tough choices ahead. Chad's national...


France holds tight in the Sahel

Paris does a U-turn over troop reductions and Chad sends reinforcements

French President Emmanuel Macron stepped back from announcing troop withdrawals to his country's 5,100-strong anti-Islamist force in Mali at a 15-16 February summit in Chad. But he...


In it together

The Sahel's armies commit atrocities, but fail in battle against the jihadists. Europe is sending more troops and training resources and investing in development

Takuba, the deployment of a multinational European and Sahelian Special Forces contingent to the Sahel, part of a broadening European engagement in the region, formally began on 15...


Sahel summit's fighting talk

The meeting of West Africa's most jihadist-affected states and France has laid out a new military strategy against the local IS affiliate

The message was unambiguous. 'We are going to prioritise the need to fight against Islamic State in the Greater Sahara in the three frontiers,' Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc C...


In search of allies

France is holding the line against the jihadis as casualties increase and hostility to its mission grows, and political backing for it shrinks

On 15 December, the heads of state of Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – the members of the G5 military coalition – gathered in Niamey to mourn the deaths...


Paris’s terror dilemma

France needs solutions, and fast. It can't go all out against the Sahel's jihadists, but neither can it just fold its tents and go home

Over recent days President Emmanuel Macron and key advisers have been reviewing the French engagement in the Sahel amid increasingly vocal criticism of the Opération Barkhane milit...


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