President confirms France’s support for African force fighting Boko Haram
Paris, 21 August 2016
The French President had a meeting with Mr Idriss Deby Itno, President of Chad.
They talked about the fight against Boko Haram and the operations currently being conducted by the multinational mixed force, which brings together the states neighbouring Lake Chad. The Head of State confirmed France’s support for this African force, whether as regards logistical support, the supply of intelligence or the provision of equipment or training. The two presidents agreed to continue ongoing efforts.
The French President also confirmed that France would increase its solidarity with the people living in that region through the Lake Chad initiative, promoted by the French Development Agency. This project will be implemented by NGOs. It will also enable work to be done on protecting the lake, in accordance with the commitments made during COP21./.