Can France defeat armed groups in the Sahel?
Niger has struggled to cope with years of attacks by armed groups.
They’ve killed thousands.
Areas around the capital Niamey were largely considered secure.
But on Sunday, gunmen on motorbikes targeted a wildlife sanctuary a short drive from the city.
Six French humanitarian aid workers were shot dead, along with their Nigerien driver
French prosecutors say a ‘terror investigation’ is under way.
And President Emmanuel Macron chaired a national defence council meeting to consider further action.
So, how big a threat are the fighters with an Islamic agenda in west Africa?
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Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician who has been President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 14 May 2017. In the legislative elections a month later, Macron’s party, renamed “La République En Marche!” (LREM), secured a majority in the National Assembly. At the age of 39, Macron became the youngest president in French history.
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