France to deploy 3,000 troops in Sahel

Defence minister says the mission of the soldiers will be to fight Islamist militias and other armed groups in north Mali, northern Niger and Chad.

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France is to deploy 3,000 troops in the Sahel, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday. They will fight Islamist militias and other armed groups in north Mali, northern Niger and Chad, reports RFI.