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Jihadists May Gain Upper Hand in W/Africa, Sahel Region If…–France

•France warns W. Africa instability risks reversing gains against jihadists ahead of G5 Sahel summit Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist militants in the Sahel region, a French presidential source said on Monday. Former

Sahel Coalition Aim for Lasting Peace in West Africa

Organized by G5 Sahel, EU, coalition has brought together officials of 60 countries and international organizations More than 60 countries and international organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to fighting terrorism in Africa's Sahel region, which has seen ''extreme violence'' in 2020. The pledge was announced on June 12 during the first ministerial

Efforts to Address Insecurity in North West Nigeria Inadequate – French Envoy

•Stakeholders mull strategies to ending rural violence in North West •Suggests sub-regional approach Maureen Okpe The Head of Cooperation, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Mr. Ellien Helios, said that efforts to find sustainable solutions to the spate of insecurity in Nigeria particularly in the Northwest is inadequate, tasking all concerned authorities and

France to train 30,000 African troops for UN Missions by 2020 – Deputy Envoy

The government of France will prepare more than 30,000 African soldiers to participate in UN peacekeeping operations by 2020, French Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Anne Gueguen said during the UN Security Council open debate on peacekeeping. "France aims to train more than 30,000 African military personnel next year

Fired: What’s inside the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris

•400 firefighters battle ‘difficult’ Notre-Dame fire The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is home to numerous artifacts, works of art and religious relics that each tell a story. As a devastating fire tore through the cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire, many feared the items -- collected over the centuries -- might be lost.Fire at Notre Dame

France restates commitment to boosting electricity in Nigeria

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Deputy Ambassador of France, Guillaume Audren de Kerdrel, has restated his country’s commitment to improving on the electricity transmission in Nigeria, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Ambassador said this at the ground breaking ceremony of the Abuja feeding scheme on Thursday in Abuja organised by the

France hosts biggest French dinner in Nigeria

Godsgift Onyedinefu The French Embassy in Nigeria, on Thursday held a grand french dinner for 100 people as part of activities to celebrate the 2019 International Francophone Week. The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jérôme Pasquier, speaking at the event in Abuja, said that the dinner was organised to commemorate the Goût de