French President Macron to spend Christmas with troops in Africa

In keeping with tradition, President Emmanuel Macron on Friday will celebrate Christmas with French soldiers posted abroad, travelling this year…

In keeping with tradition, President Emmanuel Macron on Friday will celebrate Christmas with French soldiers posted abroad, travelling this year to Ivory Coast as Paris seeks to strengthen regional ties against Islamist militants.

Far from protest strikes gripping France, Macron will share a dinner cooked by his personal chef with 1,000 troops at the military base in Port-Bouet, near the airport of the commercial capital Abidjan, where he is expected in the late afternoon.

The jihadist insurgency in several poor Sahel nations will be a top item on Macron’s agenda. In Ivory Coast he will meet French soldiers who took part in November in an anti-terrorist operation in Mali, where 13 men lost their lives.

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