French president Hollande visits Niger

2014-07-18 14:20
(Thomas Samson, AFP)

(Thomas Samson, AFP)

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Niamey - France's president is paying a visit to the former colony of Niger, a landlocked desert nation in West Africa that has played a key role in French military efforts in the region.

President Francois Hollande arrived on Friday in the capital of Niamey, a day after holding economic talks with officials in Ivory Coast.

Next he heads to Chad, another former colony that will be headquarters for a newly reorganised French military presence in Africa.

The redeployment of 3 000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa is expected to be officially announced Saturday.

The new operation — code-named "Barkhane" after a crescent-shaped dune in Sahara desert — will involve Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.
- AP
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