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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 6, 2013

Niger sees Areva mine start delayed to end of 2015

PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – French nuclear company Areva
will delay the start of uranium production from its
Imouraren mine in Niger by at least six months to the end of
2015, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday.

Speaking ahead of the Franco-African Summit which begins on
Friday, Issoufou told reporters he was confident a deal to renew
10-year contracts for mines run by Areva in northern Niger would
be renewed by the end of the year with a fair outcome for both
sides.

Dec 5, 2013

Sorting out Mali isn’t our job, France says

PARIS (Reuters) – France will not play Africa’s policeman and sort out a territorial dispute in Mali, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday, a day after Mali’s president and Tuareg separatist rebels both criticized Paris for doing too little.

After winning adulation across its former colony 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 Tuareg MNLA rebels in the north, who are demanding some form of autonomy.

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.