Africa

Ebola could reach France by late October say scientists

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Experts predict 75 percent chance virus could be imported to France by October 24 and 50 percent chance it could hit Britain by then.

France 'will have to pay US' for military aid in Africa

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US defence officials say they will ask for cost of helping France fight insurgents in Sahel region of Africa to be 'reimbursed'.

French minister ‘first from Europe’ to visit Africa’s Ebola-hit region

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Development secretary Annick Girardin is in Guinean capital Conakry to visit Ebola units and discuss France's role in halting epidemic.

Air France pilots want opt out on flying to Ebola-hit countries

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Unions say management has promised no action will be taken against pilots or cabin crew not wishing to fly to affected regions.

Europe's salvation 'came from the south' says Hollande at southern D-Day anniversary

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French president also praised role of African troops whose sacrifice 'bound our country to Africa with a bond of blood that no one can undo'.

France warns against travel to countries with Ebola

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Foreign ministry says trips to four countries hit by Ebola fever outbreak - Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria - should be put on hold.

How France lost its way in Africa's wars

International — Analysis

Nothing has gone to plan in the two military campaigns launched last year by French President François Hollande in Mali and the Central African Republic. In-depth reports by the United Nations, the French parliament and various NGOs detail the huge and quite different problems now faced in both countries, which have resulted in the French army becoming bogged down in its war-torn former colonies. Paris has now announced a new "counter-terrorist" offensive, this time against jihadist groups in the Sahel region of Northern Africa. As Hollande prepares to visit three African countries this week to discuss the move, Mediapart's editor François Bonnet analyses how France has lost its way amid missions that were initially presented as short-term and which now promise the long haul with no exit in sight.   

France ends Mali offensive and redeploys troops to restive Sahel

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The new operation, codenamed Barkhan, will start soon in the largely lawless Sahel in partnership with five countries from the African region.

France says 40 Islamists killed in recent Mali operations

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Among those dead is Omar Ould Hamaha, known as 'Red Beard', a commander of armed groups who occupied northern Mali in 2012.

France publicly destroys seized ivory worth $6m

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The three tonnes of ivory was crushed in front of the Eiffel Tower in bid to increase international pressure against elephant poaching in Africa.

France to beef up military posts in Africa

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Defence minister says France is to engage in a regional counterterrorism approach in former French colonies with specialized new outposts.

France showing more fighting spirit than Britain, says UK defence chief

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General Sir Nicholas Houghton praised French interventions in Africa, warning that the UK displayed a “creeping aversion to risk".

Central African Republic: French troops expand operations

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Intervention of 1,600 French troops comes as President Hollande calls for setting up of African rapid deployment force 'within months'.

Hollande honours African role in France's WWI fight

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As France launches commemorations for next year's hundredth anniversary of WWI, President Hollande says that no soldier should be 'forgotten'.

Europe, a destination to die for - for African migrants

International

Clément, a young man from Cameroon, was simply seeking a better life in Europe. But in March, while trying to cross from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla, witnesses say he was so badly beaten by law enforcement officers that he died of his injuries. An Italian documentary producer was there just after his ordeal and filmed his final hours. Carine Fouteau reports on the continuing scandal of the way migrants are treated at the gateway to Europe.