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French defence ministry to send 600 more troops to Africa’s Sahel

2 February 2020, 4:28 PM

France will deploy 600 more soldiers in the fight against Islamists militants in Africa’s Sahel, south of the Sahara, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday.

France’s Emmanuel Macron to visit South Africa later this year  

14 January 2020, 3:06 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit South Africa in the first half of this year.

France, West Africa to unite forces in fight against Islamist militants

14 January 2020, 12:43 PM

France and five West African states agreed on Monday to combine their military forces under one command structure to fight a growing Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, with Paris committing an extra 220 troops.

French chef loses court case over lost Michelin star

31 December 2019, 4:41 PM

A French chef who said he had contemplated suicide after the prestigious Michelin guide removed one of his restaurant’s stars on Tuesday lost a legal attempt to force the guide’s inspectors to justify their decision, a lawyer for Michelin said.

West Africa renames CFA franc but keeps it pegged to euro

22 December 2019, 6:18 AM

West Africa’s monetary union has agreed with France to rename its CFA franc the Eco and cut some of the financial links with Paris that have underpinned the region’s common currency since its creation soon World War Two.

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