France’s Macron rules out immediate troop drawdown from Sahel

French president says rushed exit from volatile region in West Africa would be a mistake, as Chad deploys reinforcements. President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out an immediate drawdown in France’s 5,100-strong Barkhane forces battling armed groups in the Sahel region of West Africa, describing a rushed exit as a mistake. Macron said he was pushing […]

Ahead of Sahel summit, where do France and G5 countries stand?

Leaders of five Sahelian countries in West Africa and their French counterpart will hold a summit this week to discuss the fight against armed groups in the volatile region. The heads of state of the so-called G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – will converge in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, while […]

Mauritania releases ex-president week after arrest for corruption

Former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been released by police after undergoing week-long questioning over suspected embezzlement, his lawyer said. “He has not been charged but his passport, which was taken on his arrest, has not been returned,” attorney Taghioullah Aida said on Monday, adding that Aziz has also been banned from leaving […]