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More boots on the ground

After despatching two military missions in 18 months, President Hollande’s whole Africa policy is taking on a new seriousness

The loss of two soldiers just days into the Opération Sangaris deployment in Central African Republic reminded French President François Hollande of the human –...


Ransom? Moi?

Delight at the safe release of French hostages Thierry Dol, Marc Féret, Daniel Larribe and Pierre Legrand on 29 October was dampened by suggestions that President Fran&ccedi...


The campaign stretches out

France commits to a long war just three months after launching its biggest military operation in Africa in 50 years

The official version is that France’s Mali operation has achieved all its objectives – the expulsion of jihadist forces from main northern towns and the destruction of several base...


Training regime

As the military operation in Mali continues, fresh complications arise. Early reports from the European trainers suggest that progress in restoring the discipline and effectiveness...


French Somalia raid ‘was a trap’

The raid by French Special Forces on 11 January on the place where Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen was believed to be holding a French intelligence officer may have been a trap,...


François Hollande

President of France

China’s President Xi Jinping welcomed French President François Hollande and his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, to Shanghai on 25 April. On his first official state visit to China, ...


Crash goes the conspiracy

Relations between Rwanda and France have received another boost. On 11 January, French judges Nathalie Poux and Marc Trévidic cleared the ruling Front patriotique rwandais (FPR) of...


Favourite four

Greeting four Francophone African leaders in Washington on 28 July, President Barack Obama pledged ‘stalwart’ support on economic and security matters, signifying growing US intere...


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