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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.

Sep 17, 2013

Security problems to trim Niger 2013 growth to 5.8 pct – IMF

NIAMEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Niger’s economy will grow by 5.8
percent this year, slightly less than previously forecast, as
security problems weigh on the crucial uranium mining sector,
the International Monetary Fund said.

The IMF’s resident representative in Niger, Ahmed Zorome,
said increased military spending after May suicide attacks by
Islamists could also cause some budgetary slippage despite
government efforts to reduce a substantial budget deficit.

Aug 23, 2013

UN’s Mali task is state-building as much as peacekeeping

BAMAKO/KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) – The U.N. is being dragged into a mission in Mali likely to involve state-building as much as peacekeeping, as France looks to reduce its military footprint in the vast and poor Sahel state after defeating an Islamist rebellion.

The day Mali elected a new president this month, the French general who led the military campaign to push the rebels from its desert north flew back home, his job done.

Aug 23, 2013

Insight: U.N.’s Mali task is state-building as much as peacekeeping

BAMAKO/KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) – The U.N. is being dragged into a mission in Mali likely to involve state-building as much as peacekeeping, as France looks to reduce its military footprint in the vast and poor Sahel state after defeating an Islamist rebellion.

The day Mali elected a new president this month, the French general who led the military campaign to push the rebels from its desert north flew back home, his job done.