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French soldier killed in Mali gunfight

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Lance corporal Maxime Blasco, 34, was fatally wounded on Friday by a hidden sniper during clashes between French troops and 'around ten' jihadists in Mali, close to the Burkina Faso border, a French armed forces ministry spokesman said, which brings to 52 the number of French military personnel who have died in the region since France launched its anti-jihadist operations in 2013.

Bastille Day parade returns with Sahel forces in top billing

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European special forces involved in anti-jihadist operations in west Africa's Sahel region were given prime position in the traditional Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on 14 July.

Mali: Protesters call for French troops to leave

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

Car bomb targets French forces in Mali

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The attack occurred in the Kaigourou neighbourhood of Gossi in central Mali injuring several soldiers operating under France's Operation Barkhane in the Sahel.

French forces in Mail arrest 'high-ranking' jihadist

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Dadi Ould Chouaib, also known as Abou Dardar, was arrested on June 11 in the flashpoint "tri-border" region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

France to scale down military operations in Sahel region

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will reduce the size of its military mission in the West Africa region of the Sahel where it has been engaged since 2013 in operations against jihadist groups.

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 condemns 'coup d'état' in Mali

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Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also says France is seeking an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation.

Minister confirms kidnapping of French journalist in Mali

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Olivier Dubois this month appeared in a video appealing to authorities to do everything they can to free him from the group holding him.

French journalist kidnapped by jihadists in Mali

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French freelance journalist Olivier Dubois, who disappeared in the northern Mali town of Gao on April 8th, appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing for the authorities to secure his release from captivity at the hands of an al-Qaida-linked jihadist group. 

UN official says France impeded probe into journalists' deaths

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Agnès Callamard says justice is being denied over killings of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Mali in 2013.

Deaths of 19 civilians in French airstrike in Mali disputed by Paris

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Witnesses to the January attack describe aerial attack on a wedding but French officials claim the gathering was of armed extremists.

Swedish troops join French-led Takuba task force in Mali

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Swedish parliament approved the deployment of up to 150 soldiers to the so-called Takuba task force in June last year, with reinforcements of up to 100 others.

Price rises fuel new gold rush in Africa

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Around a quarter of the world's gold production is in Africa and extraction of the precious metal has been been stepped up as its price on world markets has increased. But a significant proportion of this mining is carried out illegally by small-scale miners and much of the gold then finds its way into the hands of criminal and armed groups across the continent before being sold in the Middle East. Fanny Pigeaud reports on attempts to clean up the sector through stronger regulations.

Bomb kills two French soldiers in Mali

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The explosion came just days after three others died in similar fashion and their deaths bring to 50 the number of French soldiers killed in the West African nation since France first intervened in 2013.