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France to Increase Military Presence in Africa

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France will expand its military presence in Africa's troubled Sahel region. During a visit to Washington Friday, Le Drian told VOA that the new plan includes about 3,000 French soldiers to be permanently deployed in the region. He says there will be three main bases, to be located in Mali, Niger and Chad, with a logistics supply platform in Ivory Coast. Le Drian told a press conference in Washington with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...

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