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Dec 9, 2013

French troops may find Central African Republic mission easier than Mali

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s intervention to quell violence in Central African Republic may prove simpler militarily than the campaign it waged against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali this year, defense experts said.

But, in a country the size of France, imposing state authority after decades of coups, rebellions and poor governance will take years and risks tying Paris down longer than it wants.

Dec 9, 2013

French troops may find C. African Republic mission easier than Mali

PARIS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – France’s intervention to quell
violence in Central African Republic may prove simpler
militarily than the campaign it waged against al Qaeda-linked
Islamists in Mali this year, defence experts said.

But, in a country the size of France, imposing state
authority after decades of coups, rebellions and poor governance
will take years and risks tying Paris down longer than it wants.

Dec 6, 2013

France agrees to help African nations set up military force

PARIS (Reuters) – France agreed on Friday to help African nations create a joint military force to tackle coups, wars and rebellions on the continent, after the former colonial power was forced into its second military operation in Africa this year.

Paris deployed troops to Central African Republic on Friday after it secured U.N. backing for a mission to quell sectarian violence in the nation of 4.6 million people. That followed a French operation to dislodge al Qaeda-linked fighters from the deserts of northern Mali this year.

Dec 6, 2013

France’s Hollande urges Africa to take control of its own security

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande urged African leaders on Friday to take a grip on their continent’s security by creating a long-delayed regional force, after Paris was forced into its second military operation this year.

Paris deployed troops to Central African Republic on Friday after it won U.N. backing for a mission to quell mounting religious violence in the nation of 4.6 million people. That followed a massive French operation to dislodge al Qaeda-linked fighters from the deserts of northern Mali this year.

Dec 6, 2013

Hollande urges Africa to take control of its own security

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande urged African leaders on Friday to take a grip on their continent’s security by creating a long-delayed regional force, after Paris was forced into its second military operation this year.

Paris deployed troops to Central African Republic on Friday after it won U.N. backing for a mission to quell mounting religious violence in the nation of 4.6 million people. That followed a massive French operation to dislodge al Qaeda-linked fighters from the deserts of northern Mali this year.

Dec 5, 2013

Central African PM urges France to act quickly to stop violence

PARIS (Reuters) – Central African Republic Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye appealed to France and African nations on Thursday to take immediate action to stem worsening sectarian violence, after the U.N. authorized the use of force to protect civilians.

More than 100 people were killed in the riverside capital Bangui on Thursday in fighting between the Seleka movement which seized power in March and gunmen loyal to former president Francois Bozize, witnesses said.

Dec 5, 2013

Central African PM urges immediate deployment of French troops

PARIS (Reuters) – Central African Republic’s Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye urged the immediate deployment of French troops and an African peacekeeping force (MISCA) following the approval of a U.N. resolution on Thursday.

Tiangaye said heavy fighting in the riverside capital Bangui on Thursday followed an organized attempt by supporters of former president Francois Bozize to topple the transitional government. He said the violence had left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

Dec 4, 2013

France seeks to shed policeman role at Africa meeting

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – France will tell African leaders at
a Paris summit on Friday it will no longer play policeman on the
continent, even as it prepares to act in a new conflict in
Central African Republic after its Mali intervention this year.

Held since 1975, the Africa-France summit was an opportunity
for French and African officials to agree back-room deals to
reward France for propping up sometimes corrupt regimes.

Sep 20, 2013

Exclusive: Niger audits Areva uranium mines, seeking better deal

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger has ordered an audit of French nuclear group Areva’s (AREVA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) uranium mines in the West African country as it presses for a better deal in talks over a new long-term contract, Mining Minister Omar Hamidou Tchiana told Reuters.

Areva’s two mines in Niger – Somair and Cominak – produce the fuel for roughly one-third of France’s nuclear power, providing some of the cheapest electricity in the West.

Sep 18, 2013

Niger would welcome armed U.S. drones: foreign minister

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger would welcome the deployment of armed U.S. drones to the West African country to help in its battle against an armed Islamist threat and drug trafficking in the Sahara, Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum said on Wednesday.

Washington deployed about 100 military personnel and unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led military operation in January destroyed an al Qaeda enclave in neighboring northern Mali.