France says G5 Sahel force implementation is too slow

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 5:42 AM

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - France's President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the implementation of a West African force set up to fight Islamist militants was taking too much time.

Macron, who is on a three-day tour of West Africa, also said he would call for greater co-operation between Europe and Africa to tackle traffickers during a leaders summit in Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

The G5 Sahel force is made up of troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania that will police the region in collaboration with 4,000 French troops deployed there since intervening in 2013 to beat back an insurgency in northern Mali.

(Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by John Irish; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)