Keyword: French troops

Two French soldiers killed in Mali in bombing of their armoured vehicle

The two soldiers, taking part in France's Operation Barkhane in the West African country where it has deployed about 4,000 troops to contain jihadist groups operating in the region, died after their armoured vehicle ran over an explosive device near the town of Gao. 

'No charges' for French troops over child sex claims in Africa

Investigating judges have found no evidence to warrant further investigation into claims of abuse in the Central African Republic, the BBC says.

French soldier killed in northern Mali

His death brings total number of French military personnel killed in Mali since January 2013, when French operation there began, to 18.

France ends military operation in Central African Republic

France says Operation Sangaris in 2013 succeeded in mission to stop fighting in CAR but news comes as a fresh wave of killings rocks country.

French special forces wounded in Iraq by exploding Islamic State drone

Two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed and two French troops seriously wounded when a booby-trapped drone crashed to the ground near them north of the beseiged town of Mosul held by the Islamic State group group.

France to wind down Central African Republic force by 'end of 2016'

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France, which has 900 soldiers in strife-torn nation, aims to reduce troops levels to pre-crisis level.

French soldiers stalked by invisible enemy in Mali

French troops who routed jihadists in Mali in 2013 are now waging attritional campaign against shadowy fighters who use 'hit and run' tactics.

France's Hollande vows no mercy to soldiers if African child abuse proven

As many as 14 French soldiers could be implicated in claims which risk damaging reputation of France's peacekeeping operations in Africa.

UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops

Anders Kompass said to have passed confidential document to French authorities after UN’s failure to stop abuse in Central African Republic.

French forces kill senior jihadi in northern Mali

Ahmed al-Tilemsi was a commander of the al-Mourabitoun Islamist group and took part in the 2011 kidnapping of French nationals.

France sends 100 extra troops to Mali

Clashes between Malian forces and Tuareg separatists prompted Paris to send reinforcements to join the 1,600 French troops already in Mali.

France says 40 Islamists killed in recent Mali operations

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

Central Africa 'won't sap France's military'

In visit to capital Bangui, defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insists French mission in Central African Republic will be a success 'like Mali'.

French forces kill 19 Islamist fighters in north Mali

Deaths come amid new French military operation aimed at pockets of al Qaeda-linked fighters still holding out across the north of Mali.

Central African Republic crisis: France sends more troops

Around French 200 troops have arrived, with another 500 expected imminently, in a bid to restore order after a rebel takeover.