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Feb 9, 2014

War-scarred Ivory Coast reopens for business

ABIDJAN, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast is re-emerging as the
prime investment destination in French-speaking West Africa
after a decade of political turmoil but President Alassane
Ouattara must weed out corruption and promote reconciliation to
keep cash flowing in.

Long considered the jewel in the crown of France’s former
West African territories, a 1999 coup destroyed the reputation
of Ivory Coast – the world’s largest cocoa producer – as an
island of stability in a troubled region.

Feb 5, 2014

Special Report: Areva and Niger’s uranium fight

ARLIT, Niger/PARIS (Reuters) – When France began mining uranium ore in the desert of northern Niger in the early 1970s, Arlit was a cluster of miners’ huts stranded between the sun-blasted rocks of the Air mountains and the sands of the Sahara.

The 1973 OPEC oil embargo changed that. France embraced nuclear power to free itself from reliance on foreign oil and overnight this remote corner of Africa became crucial to its national interests.

Feb 5, 2014

Areva and Niger’s uranium fight

ARLIT, Niger/PARIS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – When France began
mining uranium ore in the desert of northern Niger in the early
1970s, Arlit was a cluster of miners’ huts stranded between the
sun-blasted rocks of the Air mountains and the sands of the
Sahara.

The 1973 OPEC oil embargo changed that. France embraced
nuclear power to free itself from reliance on foreign oil and
overnight this remote corner of Africa became crucial to its
national interests.

Feb 4, 2014

Burkina, Ivory Coast hand control of railway to mining firm- PM

DAKAR, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast have
decided to turn over operation of the Abidjan-Ouagadougou
railway to mining company Pan African Minerals, and the line
will be extended to its planned manganese mine, Burkina Faso’s
prime minister said.

Burkina’s premier Luc Adolphe Tiao told Reuters that French
conglomerate Bollore’s contract to operate
the 1,260 km railway from the Ivory Coast port of Abidjan to
Burkina’s capital Ouagadougou had expired.

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.