“I salute with deep respect his courage and determination”: Richard Ferrand, president of France’s National Assembly, invites deputies to observe a minute’s silence for soldier Tojohasina Razafintsalama, killed in Mali during an operation by the anti-Jihadist force ‘Operation Barkhane’.
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French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé at the Elysée Palace in Paris, as 4,500 French troops continue to be stationed in the African country as part of French military operation Barkhane. IMAGES
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This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on a base in eastern Mali, set up for soldiers joining ‘Operation Barkhane’ in the Sahel desert and we travel to South Sudan where a lull in fighting has led scores of displaced people to cautiously return home.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
A new French military base is under construction in east-central Mali. “These border areas are obviously the places most sought after by terrorists to carry out their actions,” said General Frederic Blachon, commander of Operation Barkhane, France’s 4,500-strong anti-jihadist force which is headquartered in Chad but operates across the Sahel region.
French president Emmanuel Macron arrives in Chad to meet with President Idriss Deby and ‘Barkhane’ soldiers, who have been fighting jihadists in the Sahel since 2014. IMAGES
President Emmanuel Macron pays a morale-boosting visit to France’s Barkhane anti-jihadist force in Niger and tells troops the fight against extremists in the region will continue in 2018.