This week on Africa Weekly, we take you to Botswana where locals fear being overrun by the increasing elephant population, and we travel to Burkina Faso, where creators of African dolls hope that their toys will resonate more with the children of the continent.
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The decorated funeral caskets of French soldiers Cédric de Pierrepont, 33, and Alain Bertoncello, 28, are carried by colleagues into the Cour d’Honneur at the Invalides national military complex in Paris. The soldiers, killed during a raid to free hostages in Burkina Faso, are honoured during a national ceremony presided over by Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES
Parisians pay tribute to the two soldiers killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in Burkina Faso, as the funeral procession passes by the Pont Alexandre III bridge ahead of a ceremony at the Invalides led by French President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES
One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.
One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. SOUNDBITE *BETTER QUALITY TO FOLLOW*
Two French soldiers, Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, are killed during a “complex” raid in which four hostages are freed by special forces in Burkina Faso. Both soldiers were part of the French navy’s prestigious Hubert commando. PHOTO of the two French soldiers
The two Frenchmen freed by French special forces in Burkina Faso, Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas, were kidnapped on May 1 during a tourist trip to Benin. PHOTO of the two freed French hostages
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Ouagadougou. She is at the start of a tour of the Sahel region that will see her pass through Niger and Mali. IMAGES
Leaders of five nations that have joined forces to fight jihadism in the Sahel meet for a summit in Burkina Faso, a day after a fresh terror attack in the region claimed 14 lives. IMAGES of the opening ceremony
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