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France suspends aid, military support for Central African Republic

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France has suspended aid and military cooperation in Central African Republic because of what it says is the government’s failure to stop “massive disinformation...

Pressuring junta, France suspends joint military operations with Malian forces

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France said on Thursday it was suspending its joint military operations with local troops in Mali as part of efforts to pressure the military...

Cameroon Gendarmerie receives military equipment from France for counter-terrorism fight

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Cameroon’s National Gendarmerie, one of the components of the country’s national defence and security forces, has received equipment from France in what authorities says...

Plea to forgive France for Rwanda genocide

French President Emmanuel Macron said only Rwandans could forgive France for its role in the east African country's 1994 genocide. "On this path, only those...

US, France enhance interoperability over the Horn of Africa

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US Marine Corps and French Air Force members demonstrated joint capabilities over the Horn of Africa on 24 May, with a US aircraft refuelling...

French journo kidnapped in Mali

French Foreign Affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed a French journalist who disappeared last month in Mali’s northern city Gao was probably been taken...

France, Germany and Spain strike deal over joint combat jet

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France, Germany and Spain said on Monday they had reached a deal over the next steps of the development of a new fighter jet,...

France to sell Egypt 30 fighter jets in $4.5 billion deal...

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Egypt has signed a contract with France to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets, its defence ministry said in a statement early on Tuesday, in...

France, Germany, Spain, Italy: condemn this week’s killing of foreigners in...

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France, Germany, Spain and Italy on Friday condemned this week's killing of foreign citizens during an ambush in Burkina Faso. The joint statement - issued...

France shifts stance on Chad transition calling for civilian government

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France on Tuesday moved away from backing a civilian-military transition in Chad calling for a civilian national unity government to be put in place...

With eye on Islamist fight, France backs Chad military takeover

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France defended the Chadian army's takeover of power on Thursday after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby presented Paris with an uncomfortable choice...

France defends Chad military takeover as needed to ensure stability

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France's foreign minister on Thursday defended a military takeover in Chad despite objections from the opposition there, saying it was necessary for security amid...

Explainer: Chad’s strategic interest to France, Western allies

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Chad's longtime ruler President Idriss Deby, a Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa, was killed on the frontline against rebels...

Nigerian Navy receives new survey vessel NNS Lana

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The Nigerian Navy has taken delivery of the purpose-built survey vessel NNS Lana at the Ocea shipyard in France. The vessel was handed over during...

France to open Mitterrand’s Rwanda archives

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France will open the Rwanda archives of former French president Francois Mitterrand, as part of an effort to better understand the nation’s role in...

France faces rising calls to investigate Mali air strike

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France faced mounting calls from rights groups on Thursday to open an investigation into an air strike by its forces in Mali that a...

Northern Mali officials say French strike killed civilians, France denies

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Local officials in northern Mali accused France’s army on Friday of killing six civilians in an airstrike, but French forces said they had hit...

French Falcon 50 helps intercept illegal fishing vessel off Senegal

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The crew of a French Falcon 50M maritime surveillance aircraft helped intercept an illegal fishing vessel off the coast of Senegal. On 18 March, the...

The Past Week in Defence #43 (1 March – 7 March...

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, France’s UFAST launches a Senegalese patrol boat, De Haas interceptors are delivered to Nigeria, Gazelle helicopters are...

France stays the course in the Sahel

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Despite setbacks, France reaffirmed its commitment to intensify its fight against Islamist insurgents in the Sahel region and sees South Africa as an ally...

France tells Chad to open probe after deaths at opposition figure’s...

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France’s foreign minister urged Chad to open an independent investigation after at least two people were killed when security forces went to arrest opposition...

France’s UFAST launches Senegalese patrol boat

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France’s UFAST shipyard has launched a 33 metre patrol boat for Senegal, with delivery scheduled for the end of March. The vessel, named Taouay, was...

Counter-terrorism in Africa: resetting a result-based approach under President Biden?

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It is of course a bit early to predict the course of action the new US Administration is going to adopt regarding Africa in...

France rules out immediate troop cuts in Sahel, Chad deploys reinforcements

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French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out an immediate reduction of French troops battling Islamist militants in the Sahel region of West Africa on Tuesday,...

ISS: G5 Sahel: N’Djamena summit should redefine France-Sahel cooperation

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As the security crisis persists, public opinion on both sides is showing signs of rising impatience. Operation Barkhane has never been this unpopular. A poll...

Chad reinforces troops against militants in Sahel as France mulls changes

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Chad will deploy some 1 000 troops to the tri-border region of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali to reinforce national armies that, backed by...

US, French forces conduct joint artillery training

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US Army Soldiers assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF) in support of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and French...

French defence minister meets Malian counterpart

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France’s defence minister Florence Parly has met with her Malian counterpart Sadio Camara to discuss the political transition in the North African country. Parly met...

Jihadist attacks repelled in Mali

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Two of the Malian military’s outposts near Burkina Faso have been attacked by jihadists, but repelled with French help. The French Ministry of Defence said...

French frigate Nivose seizes half a ton of drugs off Mozambique

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The French frigate Nivose has seized 444 kg of methamphetamine and heroin valued at more than 40 million euros off the coast of Mozambique. This...

France hands over ERC-90 armoured vehicles to Chad

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France has delivered nine ERC-90 6x6 armoured vehicles to Chad’s military to bolster peacekeeping operations and help it in the fight against terrorism. The French...

Macron opens door to France pulling some troops out of Sahel

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President Emmanuel Macron opened the door on Tuesday to withdrawing some troops from Africa’s Sahel region, saying France could “adjust” its operations after successes...

French watchdog condemns police for unlawful use of drones to patrol...

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French data privacy watchdog CNIL condemned the Interior Ministry for the unlawful use of drones to oversee demonstrations and make sure people were respecting...

Senegal to receive more Epsilon trainers from France

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Senegal’s Air Force will next year take delivery of another three TB-30 Epsilon piston-engine trainers from France, while Togo is returning its two aircraft...

France donates boats to Togo

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France has donated two semi-rigid patrol boats to Togo’s navy, which will use them to combat piracy and other maritime crimes. The vessels were officially...

France says it has killed senior al-Qaeda North Africa operative in...

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French forces have killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, during an operation in northeastern Mali, Armed Forces...

Tunisia will accept deportees from France if judicial rights are guaranteed

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Tunisia will accept all Tunisian migrants deported from France following the fatal stabbings at a church in Nice as long as all judicial appeals...

Making sense of the Sahel

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In recent years, the region has become a base for violent extremists and those fighting them. The Sahel, a semiarid region stretching from Senegal on...

Determination in the desert

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Operation Serval marked a high point for France’s military in the modern era. The 18-month mission began in January 2013 at the request of...

British helicopters help sustain airpower in Mali

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The British military Tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) says it is leading the UK’s support to French counter-insurgency operations in West Africa by conducting...

Piriou begins construction of first Senegalese patrol vessel

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French shipyard Piriou has launched construction of the first of three OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels for Senegal’s navy. The first steel was cut on...

A400M transports Griffon armoured vehicle from Djibouti

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As part of an operational trial, an A400M Atlas transport aircraft of the French Air and Space Force transported for the first time a...

French military tests Griffon vehicle in Djibouti

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Two Griffon wheeled armoured combat vehicles have been embedded with the French Army’s 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment, based in Djibouti, for hot weather trials. French...

France opens probe into BNP Paribas over its role in Sudan

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Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation into French bank BNP Paribas over allegations of complicity in crimes against humanity in Sudan, a lawyer and...

No Exercise Oxide this year

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The coronavirus pandemic has put paid to one of the SA Navy’s regular exercises for this year following last year’s Exercise Oxide “postponed by...

US Africa Command leaders discuss partnership with French military

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US military Africa Command leaders have visited with French Chief of the Defence Staff, General Francois Lecointre, and other French senior officials to discuss...

Airbus warns of lay-offs

Airbus stepped up warnings of compulsory lay-offs as air travel fails to recover as expected from the coronavirus crisis, putting itself on a potential...

Airbus deliveries slip in August

Airbus deliveries slipped in August, slowing recovery from the coronavirus demand meltdown, but the European planemaker remained ahead of its beleaguered US rival Boeing...

France says its military operation Barkhane will continue in Mali

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France will pursue its military operations in Mali against Islamic fighters despite the ousting of the country’s president two days ago by a coup,...

French C-130J takes over from C-160 in Niger

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The French Air Force is replacing its C-160 Transall aircraft in Niger with C-130J Super Hercules ahead of the Transall’s retirement. On 31 July, a...