NIGER

Macron increases aid to Niger and to support the G5 Sahel Force

The G5 Sahel Force, involving Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Mauritania, was created on paper in July. Several thousand soldiers are already amassed in Mali and they should number 5,000 by March 2018. They are being trained by French anti-terrorism forces in operation Barkhane. FRANCE 24's reporter Shona Bhattacharyya explains more on the G5 Sahel Force.