France will continue working alongside Africans - Macron

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Macron said he would take part in the coming weeks in a meeting of the so-called G5 Sahel countries - Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania - all former French colonies. He said he had discussed Mali with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday and the two chose to "strengthen our cooperation further to help the countries of the region".

New President of France, Emmanuel Macron on Friday said its country would continue in the fight against "Islamist terrorists" in Mali, during a short visit to the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity similar to predecessors.

French President Emmanuel Macron is vowing to maintain France's military operations in Mali and "be intractable" with extremist groups in West Africa.

He also met some of the 1,600 French soldiers stationed there, on the largest French military base outside of France.

Mr Macron said he hoped to strengthen ties with Germany to boost security in the area, according to Reuters.

To that end, France promised "constant" military, diplomatic and political support with the help of the French Development Agency (AFD), he said.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori). French Chieff of Staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers arrives at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Paris as French President Emmanuel Macron chairs his first security council.

Macron is travelling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who as the former defence minister knows Gao well, and his replacement in that job, Sylvie Goulard, as well as AFD chief Remy Rioux.

France intervened in 2013 to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants who seized northern Mali the year before.

Even though the French operation has succeeded in liberating Timbuktu and Gao in Northern Mali, FIDH has said in a report that few signs of progress can be found two years after the peace accord.

Germany now contributes 550 troops to the multi-national United Nations force in Mali, called MINUSMA, forming the largest European contingent.

Stationed in Mali since July 2013, MINUSMA has just over 12,000 military and police personnel working on what is considered the UN's most unsafe active peacekeeping deployment.

At a joint news conference with Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Macron asked Germany to provide more support to French-led efforts to eradicate the extremist groups.

He was criticised at home for describing France's colonial war in Algeria as a "crime against humanity" and "genuinely barbaric".

The Kremlin was widely seen as backing Macron's far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, with Putin hosting her during a surprise visit to Moscow in the run-up to the election.

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