PARIS (Reuters) – France on Wednesday joined the United States and Britain in offering to send security service agents to Nigeria to help rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
With more than 4,000 troops operating between Mali to the west and Central African Republic to the east, Paris has a major interest in preventing Nigeria’s security situation from deteriorating, having previously voiced concerns that Boko Haram could spread further north into the Sahel.
PARIS (Reuters) – French officials welcomed Angola’s president on Tuesday for the first time in 20 years, hailing his economic reforms in the clearest sign yet that Paris is turning its diplomatic focus to winning overseas contracts.
Relations were strained in the past decade after the “Angolagate” trial over arms sales to Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos’s MPLA party during the civil war in the 1990s, which a Paris court said broke a United Nations arms embargo.
PARIS (Reuters) – Tunisia will not need to access financial markets to manage its budget deficit this year, its prime minister said on Tuesday, while ruling out harsh public spending cuts that could stoke popular unrest.
Three years after an uprising that inspired the “Arab Spring” revolutions, Tunisia has a new constitution and aims to hold elections this year.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s interior minister on Tuesday unveiled a raft of policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalized and posing a threat to their home country.
France, which has been a staunch opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, estimates the number of its nationals directly or indirectly involved in the Syrian conflict at about 700 of which a third are fighting against the government.
PARIS (Reuters) – A veteran rebel leader from Sudan’s Darfur region accused international peacekeepers on Friday of turning a blind eye to what he called a renewed campaign of ethnic cleansing by government-backed Arab militias.
International efforts have largely failed to end violence in the arid western territory, more than 10 years after Khartoum unleashed militias to try and crush a rebellion by mostly non-Arab insurgents.
PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika has recovered strongly enough from a stroke to govern
and will push economic reforms, including loosening restrictions
on foreign investors if re-elected this month, campaign
spokesman Amara Benyounes said.
Benyounes, who is also Industry and Investment Minister, was
campaigning in Paris on Sunday to win support among Algeria’s
largest disapora ahead of April 17 presidential polls.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s new government faced a first test of unity on Thursday as a power struggle broke out between Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and new Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg over control of trade policy.
This week’s announcement of a smaller 16-minister team under new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, France’s tough-talking former interior minister, was billed as a break with the chaotic past 22 months of President Francois Hollande’s first government.
DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad said on Thursday it would withdraw its troops from an African Union peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, a setback to attempts to build a large international force to stem religious conflict in the impoverished country.
Chadian soldiers have been at the heart of African efforts to stabilize CAR but its forces have been accused of siding with the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels whose seizure of power last year sparked tit-for-tat violence with Christian militia.
PARIS, April 2 (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Laurent
Fabius, who has stood out in an otherwise unpopular government
for his firm handling of international crises, is to take on
responsibility for improving the country’s weak trade
performance, diplomatic sources said.
In a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, Fabius has been handed
the task of reducing the trade deficit and developing external
business as part of an expanded portfolio to boost growth
opportunities overseas, the sources told Reuters.
MOSCOW/PARIS, March 18 (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Prime
Minister Dmitry Rogozin criticised France on Tuesday for saying
it may cancel a 1.2 billion euro ($1.67 billion)
helicopter-carrier contract with Moscow over the Ukraine crisis,
and France seemed to back down on the issue.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius raised the
possibility on Monday of scrapping the deal depending on further
sanctions against Moscow over its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea
region, but later said he was only considering delaying it.