France G5 meeting postponed


French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed to postpone to early 2020 of a meeting of Sahelian country leaders due to take place in France this month, the French presidency said.

The decision to postpone the meeting, which was to address French military presence in the region as well as the fight against so-called jihadist organisations, follows an attack on a remote military camp in Niger.

Islamist militants killed 71 soldiers in an attack on a military camp located near the Mali border, an army spokesman said in the deadliest raid yet against the Nigerien military.