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Has France Found an African Solution to an African Problem?

Aug 5, 2017 | 13:13 GMT
Chad's president Idriss Deby Itno (2nd L) speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron (C) as they gather with President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore (front L), Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (rear L), Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (front R) and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (rear R) for a meeting during the G5 Sahel summit in Bamako, July 2.

Chad's president Idriss Deby Itno (2nd L) speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron (C) as they gather with President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore (front L), Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (rear L), Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (front R) and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (rear R) for a meeting during the G5 Sahel summit in Bamako, July 2. French President Emmanuel Macron threw his weight behind a planned Sahel force to fight jihadists but told countries their efforts had to bear fruit. The so-called 'G5 Sahel' countries -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -- have pledged to set up a joint force to combat the wave of Islamist bombings, shootings and kidnappings south of the Sahara.

(CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

The continent's Sahel region has long relied on the French military to support stabilization efforts. But with the creation of the G5 Sahel Force, Paris is hoping to slowly pass the baton to the African countries themselves. ...

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