Macron visits French troops in Mali’s restive north

Macron and Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

Gao, Mali | AFP | President Emmanuel Macron visited French troops fighting jihadists in conflict-torn Mali on Friday and urged faster progress on a peace accord signed in 2015.

At the end of his first week in office, Macron flew into Gao, a city in Mali’s deeply-troubled north, where he was met by his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita before sitting down for talks.

Macron was keen to display his defence and security credentials with around 1,600 French soldiers stationed in Gao at France’s largest foreign base, part of the larger...

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