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Macron to visit African French troops on Friday: source

President Emmanuel Macron will visit French troops in Africa on Friday, a source close to the new leader said on Tuesday.

Aides have said he is expected to go to Mali where about 1,000 soldiers are based as part of Paris’ West African counter-terrorism force.

The source added that the new French government’s first cabinet meeting would take place on Thursday.

Of the 12,000 French troops engaged in peacekeeping operations around the world, nearly half are deployed in Africa in both military and advisory capacities.

According to the French Ministry of Defence, there are three main French bases in Africa.

The largest is at Djibouti, with smaller forces at Dakar in Senegal and Libreville in Gabon.

Their purpose is to promote regional security, though the base in Djibouti allows France to exercise a measure of military influence in the Middle East.

Also in Djibouti are about 1,500 American personnel of the Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa, stationed at the former French base Le Monier since 2003.

There is also a small French force on Reunion island, a French territory located off the coast of Madagascar.

(Source: Reuters/NAN)

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 16th May 2017 at 8:19 pm

    France has no place in 21st century Africa. Their bandits in military uniform and their occupation, plunder, destabilization of African countries will be erased with Diplomacy or War. 21st century Africa is Africa of developments advancements with Africa’s 21st century partners.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 20th May 2017 at 7:06 am

    France and Germany has no place in 21st century Africa. 21st century Africa must erase the bandits destabilizing, banditry etc. elements on African Soil with Diplomacy or War. Terrorists are in Paris and Berlin not in Africa. France is slave of Germany Africa played major role and liberated in 20th century, no one will liberate them in the hands of Germany in this 21st century. Use of the word- Germany backup, shows high level of ignorance of that kid call Macron in this 21st century world. 21st century Africa is Africa of developments, advancements etc. with 21st century Africa’s partners.

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 20th May 2017 at 9:59 am

    Africa played major role and liberated France in the hands of Germany in the Germany terrorism, armed robbery etc. call WW II. The same France has a plot in collaboration with the same Germany to destabilize African countries, plunder African wealth etc. They think 21st century Africa is as foolish as they are and blind. As I already said, their carcasses will be manure on African Soil in this 21st century, if they do not vacate African Soil now with their destabilizing and banditry elements etc.

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