Paris has set up committees to look into how to boost security cooperation with foreign partners, especially those in Africa, while reducing the French army's visible footprint on the continent.
Expertise France, l'Economat des Armées and DCI are the main beneficiaries of the EU's European Peace Facility for missions in Africa.
To help Nigerien troops in their battle against armed groups, the EU is financing and overseeing the construction of a chain of military posts along Niger's border with Mali and Burkina Faso. A handful of French and Italian operators have been snapping up the construction and supply contracts.
The Euro-Sahel association is working on the creation of a coastguard unit on the Senegal River, to improve monitoring of smuggling and illegal immigration routes.
The European Union's European Peace Facility (EPF) has freed up €5m to equip the Mozambican Coast Guard with 35 9.5 m rapid intervention speedboats as part of its programme to fight piracy and illegal immigration.
Expertise France has pocketed nearly €200m in European funds over the past two years for a variety of G5 Sahel projects that include military equipment delivery and army support programme management.
The purchasing department of the United Nations is currently studying bids submitted to it for supplying MINUSMA with provisions and [...]