President Hollande: Sahel, France battling same threat

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that those battling jihad in Sahel, Iraq and Syria were like France part of “the same fight” against extremism.

President Hollande spoke ahead of a summit with African leaders in Mali with the fight against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda. Ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali’s capital Bamako Friday in advance of the arrival of heads of state to the Africa-France summit today/ on Saturday. Many of the nations attending the gathering were once colonies of France, which in recent years has boosted its military involvement on the continent.

Source: VOV5