Keyword: Cameroon

English versus French tensions in Cameroon turn deadly

Teachers join strike led by lawyers over official use of French in English-speaking part of the country where ten were killed in demonstrations.

Air France faces probe after jet flies near mountain

In early May Boeing 777 pilots diverted to avoid storm clouds but their route took their jetliner towards 13,000-foot Mount Cameroun.

The plight of the Bororo people fleeing carnage in the Central African Republic


Comedian Dieudonné in money laundering probe

French detectives suspect controversial comic laundered hundreds of thousands of euros via Africa as showdown looms over his 'banned' show.

Kidnapped French priest freed in Cameroon arrives home

French president Francois Hollande personally greets priest and praises his 'courage' during seven weeks captivity in hands of armed group.

Why French intervention may only maintain the Central African Republic's woes


The Central African Republic (CAR), where French troops are engaged in attempting to restore order amid inter-religious violence and which has long been the scene of political chaos, is governed more by its influential neighbouring states than any true national leadership, writes Mediapart international affairs correspondent Thomas Cantaloube. In this analysis of a complex and seemingly blocked situation for the country’s future, he concludes that the French military intervention is unlikely to remove - and more likely to maintain - the fundamental reasons for the turmoil in CAR.

Boko Haram 'holding kidnapped French priest'

Banned Nigerian Islamist group claims it was they who kidnapped Georges Vandenbeusch from his home near Koza in northern Cameroon.

Hollande tells French not to risk lives

French president warns citizens living in or travelling to 'high-risk' areas abroad not to do anything that could increase threat of kidnapping.

French priest kidnapped in Cameroon

Georges Vandenbeusch, who was seized at Koza about 30km from the Nigerian border, had chosen to remain in the area despite the risks.

French Cameroon hostages 'released after 3M-dollar payment to Islamists'

Islamist militant group Boko Haram was paid more than $3m before releasing a French family of seven, according to a Nigerian government report.

French family of seven kidnapped in Cameroon freed

France says it paid no ransom for the release of the three adults and four children kidnapped in February, who are reported to be in good health.

France refuses negotiations with 'Boko Haram' hostage-takers

French family of seven kidnapped in Cameroon last week appeared in video posted online by captors demanding imprisoned Islamists be freed. 

French Cameroon hostages' freedom unconfirmed

After reports from a French government minister that they had been rescued, the fate of a family of seven kidnapped in Cameroon remains unclear.

French tourists seized in Cameroon near Nigeria border

President Hollande says the seven belong to the same family and are said to have been seized by a "known terrorist group based in Nigeria".