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France's silence over civilians killed by Malian soldiers in joint operations

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A year ago the French military bombed a wedding ceremony at Bounty in Mali, killing 22 men, of whom 19 were civilians. This terrible blunder was widely covered by the media at the time. But abuses committed in the following weeks and in the same region by the Malian army passed unnoticed. As Rémi Carayol reports, it would have been hard for French troops, who were on the ground with their Malian colleagues as part of a wide-ranging counter-insurgency operation, not to have been aware of what was going on. Yet the French military have remained silent about the incidents.

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Some demonstrators waved Russian flags and held banners calling for greater cooperation between Mali and Russia.

France threatens to pull troops out of Mali

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Emmanuel Macron says that France will withdraw its troops if Mali turns towards radical Islamism.

France rejects reports of airstrike on Mali wedding

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The French military said it carried out a strike on jihadist militants in central Mali, but that no wedding was involved.

French forces 'neutralise' leading jihadist in Mali

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France’s Barkhane force 'neutralised' Bah ag Moussa on Tuesday in an operation involving ground troops and helicopters, defence minister Parly said in a statement on Friday.

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Armed forces minister Florence Parly has called on fellow EU governments to despatch special forces to the Sahel, to help curb militant attacks that have killed more than 100 Malian troops in recent weeks.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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