NIGER

Macron in Niger: 'France will reinforce its commitments in the region'

"France is ready to reinforce its commitments in the [Sahel] region," French President Emmanuel Macron said during a press conference with Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou on December 23, 2017. "In the first half of 2018, we must see clear victories against the terrorists and the deployment of joint G5 Sahel forces is absolutely vital in this regard," Macron added.