- Title: French troops will remain in Mali until militants eradicated-Macron
- Date: 19th May 2017
- Summary: MACRON AND BOUBACAR ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM MACRON AND BOUBACAR SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "France has been committed on your side from the start and what I have come here to tell you very clearly is that it will continue to be committed in the same way." (MUTE) VARIOUS OF MACRON WITH FRENCH SOLDIERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "I want to want to strengthen those European partnerships, in particular with Germany, and ensure that the German engagement, which is already visible, intensifies. I will later greet the German troops within MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali)." (SOUNDBITE) (French) MALI'S PRESIDENT IBRAHIM BOUBACAR KEITA, SAYING: "Those who have never been confronted with this type of asymmetrical war can go on thinking we are doing nothing just because we are not able to definitely put an end to the wrong. Those who do not live in instability can well claim that those taking action are failing because the rest of the Hydra's head resurges when we have in fact just cut it off. In fact we work day and night." MACRON WALKING AND GREETING PRESS FRENCH SOLDIERS TALKING MILITARY HARDWARE AT BASE
- Embargoed: 2nd June 2017 17:04
- Keywords: Mali's president French troops in Africa Emmanuel Macron visits Mali
- Location: GAO AND UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, MALI
- City: GAO AND UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, MALI
- Country: Mali
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036HI9LQF
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- Story Text:France will continue to shoulder the military burden of fighting Islamist militants in north and west Africa but Germany and other European countries can do more to help, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first overseas visit on Friday (May 19).
Macron's choice of Mali for his first trip as commander-in-chief since his election on May 7 fulfilled a campaign promise to visit French troops fighting Islamist militants.
Former colonial power France intervened in 2013 to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants who seized northern Mali the year before. It has since deployed some 4,000 soldiers, known as the Barkhane force, across the region to hunt down Islamists.
France has been hard hit by Islamist attacks, which have killed more than 230 people on its territory in the past two years.
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