French President Francois Hollande On Tuesday offered to organize an international meeting on tackling jihadist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands in Nigeria. This initiative is the latest move to increase French contribution and influence over the continent after recent visits to Angola, Cameroon and Benin.
Nigerian Soldiers man a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. AP
Chadian soldiers stand at a checkpoint in front of a Boko Haram flag the Nigerian city of Damasak, Nigeria, Wednesday March 18, 2015. Damasak was flushed of Boko Haram militants last week, and is now controlled by a joint Chadian and Nigerien force. (AP)