French police search for Strasbourg attack suspect

French police search for Strasbourg attack suspect

Police in France are still searching for the suspect in Tuesday’s attack on a Christmas market in the city of Strasbourg. The suspect is identified as Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old French national of Moroccan descent, who they say opened fire on the market after escaping arrest during a roundup earlier…

France’s World Cup win celebrated across Africa

France’s World Cup win celebrated across Africa

France’s 4-2 victory in the 2018 World Cup Final match in Moscow gave the country its second title, giving Les Bleus the trophy and a new two-star jersey along with jubilant throngs in the streets of Paris. There was much celebration across Africa too, as fans honored no less than…

France appeals for dialogue to resolve Cameroon crisis

The French government on Thursday said it remains concerned about the political crisis in Cameroon, but did not announce any specific initiatives to engage in mediating the conflict between President Paul Biya’s government, and the opposition activists and separatists from its Anglophone regions. “We are closely monitoring the situation in…

France’s response to Malian hero raises questions on migration

Mamoudou Gassama became an overnight celebrity, as the video of the 22-year-old Malian refugee’s heroic rescue of a child dangling from a Paris balcony went viral. He was quickly ushered into a ceremony with French President Emmanuel Macron, promised a fast track to previously elusive French citizenship, and on Tuesday…

Former French president Sarkozy in custody over Libyan cash

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France long shadowed by allegations of improper campaign financing, was taken into custody by police Tuesday in connection with a case that ties him to the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In a sudden but unsurprising turn of events, Sarkozy was being held at…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Terror and targets: What’s behind the Ouagadougou attacks?

The terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou on Friday were by no means the first in Burkina Faso, where people were gunned down in the Aziz Istanbul restaurant while dining in August or died at the Splendid Hotel, a site popular among Westerners that was targeted by car bomb attacks in January…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Burkina Faso: JNIM claims responsibility for Ouagadougou attack

The al Qaeda-affiliated militant group JNIM (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims) has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks in Ouagadougou, in a statement released to a Mauritanian media outlet. The message to Al Akhbar said the separate but simultaneous attacks on Burkina Faso’s military headquarters and the Embassy of…

Macron’s Sahel trip spotlights security, migration investments

President Emmanuel Macron of France has announced €400 million (USD$474 million) in financial aid to Niger during his weekend press conference with President Mahamadou Issoufou in Niamey. Macron said the funding, planned through 2021, will support development in Niger and security in the Sahel. His remarks alongside Issoufou, who Macron praised…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

France’s Macron makes his second trip to Algeria this year

President Emmanuel Macron of France is headed back to the African continent on Wednesday, this time for another stop in Algeria before he continues on to Qatar for an official state visit. Macron is expected to meet with both longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, who returned…