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Dec 4, 2013

Mali, Tuaregs fault France on failing peace talks

PARIS (Reuters) – Mali’s government and Tuareg separatists both accused France on Wednesday of not doing enough to resolve the political crisis, underscoring the difficulties Paris has in disengaging itself from its former colony.

After winning adulation across Mali for a 5-month military offensive earlier this year that scattered al Qaeda fighters, France is caught in a tug of war between the government in Bamako and rebels demanding some form of autonomy based at Kidal in the north.

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.

Nov 27, 2013

France to secure routes, population hubs in Central African mission

PARIS (Reuters) – A planned French intervention backing regional troops in Central African Republic will focus first on securing key trade routes and population hubs to stop “acts of revenge”, a French defense ministry source said on Wednesday.

France is preparing to increase its force in its anarchic former colony to at least 1,000 soldiers once a United Nations resolution is passed next week to try to prevent sectarian violence from destabilizing the wider region.

Nov 27, 2013

France to secure routes, population hubs in C.African mission

PARIS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – A planned French intervention
backing regional troops in Central African Republic will focus
first on securing key trade routes and population hubs to stop
“acts of revenge”, a French defence ministry source said on
Wednesday.

France is preparing to increase its force in its anarchic
former colony to at least 1,000 soldiers once a United Nations
resolution is passed next week to try to prevent sectarian
violence from destabilising the wider region.

Nov 26, 2013

Central African Republic says France to boost troops

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France will triple the number of its soldiers in the Central African Republic to 1,200 to bolster security after months of violence, the war-torn nation’s prime minister said on Monday.

The mineral-rich but impoverished country of 4.6 million people has descended into chaos since Seleka rebels, many of them from neighboring Chad and Sudan, ousted President Francois Bozize in March.

Nov 25, 2013

Central African Republic PM says France to increase troops to 1,200

PARIS (Reuters) – France will triple its troop strength in the Central African Republic to 1,200 to help bolster security in the war-torn country Paris has warned is on the verge of chaos, the Central African nation’s Prime Minister said on Monday.

Speaking in Paris after meeting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Nicolas Tiangaye said France had told him an increase in French troops would take place once the UN Security Council had voted on a resolution over the next week.

Nov 25, 2013

Insight: Weak at home, France seeks grandeur abroad

PARIS (Reuters) – The hero of France’s top movie comedy of the moment is a French foreign minister who complains about American isolationism and says the Germans must be humored – but above all kept off the U.N. Security Council.

One reason for the box-office success of “Quai d’Orsay” – named after the 19th century palace by the River Seine where France conducts its world affairs – is how closely it flirts with real-life policy.

Nov 25, 2013

Weak at home, France seeks grandeur abroad

PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The hero of France’s top movie
comedy of the moment is a French foreign minister who complains
about American isolationism and says the Germans must be
humoured – but above all kept off the U.N. Security Council.

One reason for the box-office success of “Quai d’Orsay” -
named after the 19th century palace by the River Seine where
France conducts its world affairs – is how closely it flirts
with real-life policy.

Nov 23, 2013

Kerry arrives in Geneva as Iran, powers edge towards nuclear deal

GENEVA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join talks on Iran’s
contested nuclear programme with Tehran and six world powers
appearing on the verge of a breakthrough to defuse the
decade-old standoff.

The Chinese, Russian, French, British and German foreign
ministers – Wang Yi, Sergei Lavrov, Laurent Fabius, William
Hague and Guido Westerwelle – also prepared to take part in the
push to seal an interim deal under which Iran would curb its
nuclear work in exchange for limited relief from sanctions.

Nov 23, 2013

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran’s contested nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute.

The Chinese, French, British and German foreign ministers, Wang Yi, Laurent Fabius, William Hague and Guido Westerwelle, were due to take part in intense negotiations on a deal under which Iran would curb its atomic activity in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions.