Emmanuel Macron ends first week in office stressing fight against jihadis

French president visits troops in Mali where he says other European countries can do more to combat militants

France will continue to fight Islamist militants in north and west Africa but other European countries should do more to contribute, the new French president Emmanuel Macron has said on his first visit to French troops fighting jihadis in Mali.

The 39-year-old sought to emphasise his new role as army commander-in-chief with an African trip designed to stress the importance of France fighting militants in Mali and the broader Sahel region, who he said still posed a potential threat to Europe.

Related: France’s Macron selects his government from left, right and centre

Related: Macron and Merkel signal new move to strengthen eurozone

Continue reading…

Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/19/emmanuel-macron-calls-for-more-help-in-fight-against-islamist-militants

Author : Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and agencies

Publish date : 19 May 2017 | 4:45 pm

Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the linked Source.

share on: