France Sending Troops to Central African Republic

Earlier this week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced a plan to act in the Central African Republic, increasing French troops stationed in the capital city of Bangui. From now until the end of the year, up to 800 reinforcements will join the 410 French soldiers already stationed at the Bangui airport. Fabius, the Minister […]

France Announces Plans to Pull Troops out of Mali

French President François Hollande announced Wednesday, March 6 that France would begin moving troops out of Mali as early as April of this year, a month later than was originally planned.  Hollande stated that an UN-backed African coalition would take over once the withdrawal was complete, though French presence would remain strong through March and into […]

French Authorities Tread Lightly as Others Confirm Death of Al-Qaeda Leader

The cyber world is afloat with rumors. Is Abou Zeid dead? According to Algerian television and Chadian President Idriss Debry, Abou Zeid, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has died in a French military operation along with 42 other al-Qaeda terrorists. French authorities have yet to comment and corroborate that DNA tests confirmed […]

Hollande: We are in “the final phase” of the operation in Mali

On Tuesday February 19, during his visit to Athens, Greece, French president François Hollande announced to the press the death of a second French soldier in Mali since the beginning of the French Intervention, Operation Serval, in January. The Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that the man killed was 33 year-old staff sergeant Harold […]

U.S. Vice President Biden Travels to Paris to Meet with Hollande

On Monday, February 4, United States Vice President Joe Biden was received by French President Francois Hollande. The purpose of the visit was to congratulate the President on his work during the conflict in Mali, and display the Franco-American alliance against radical Islamic groups. Throughout the visit, Biden continuously flaunted his view of Franco-American relations, […]

France Faces Criticism over Malian Intervention as Humanitarian Questions Arise

As new humanitarian concerns arise over the situation in Mali, tensions on the ground there have been highlighted by analysts and reporters. Several incidents of retaliation have been reported in recently liberated cities against both “white faces” (Arabic and Tuareg) and black Africans believed to have collaborated with the Islamists. Worse still, summary executions were […]

French Intervention Brings Relief in Mali, Al-Qaeda-Linked Hostages in Algeria

PARIS. – “Vive la France !” “Welcome to the liberators!” The headlines of Malian newspapers are increasingly complementary to France, following the French intervention in Mopti and Konna. After a year of violence due to an Islamist hijaking of the Tuareg separatists’ rebellion, the Malians are relieved the conflict has subsided. Since President François Hollande […]

UN Supports France in Mali As More Civilians Pushed from Country

On Monday January 14, the United Nations Security Council discussed France’s intervention in Mali – also known as Operation “Serval” – after which the French Ambassador to the UN, Gérard Araud, declared, “The nation’s partners express a thorough understanding and firm support of their intervention in Mali.” Araud confirms, “all of our partners have recognized […]

French Helicopter Raid in Mali Kills Pilot at Start of Military Intervention

PARIS. – The French intervention in Mali has claimed its first victim. Lieutenant Damien Boiteux of the 4th helicopter regiment special forces, from the southern city of Pau, was killed the afternoon of Friday January 11 in a raid against a terrorist group. According to the high command of the French military, Boiteux suffered damage […]

France Announces Military Intervention in Mali

France, former colonial power of North Africa, has recently taken a vocal leadership role in the conflict in northern Mali. The Tuareg Rebellion in January of this year marked the commencement of violence and instability in the northern desert region of Mali.  The Tuaregs have historically been seen as protesters and separatists opposing the government.  […]