Mauritanian soldiers stands in a vehicle at a G5 Sahel task force command post, on November 22, 2018, in the southeast of Mauritania near the border with Mali. AFP / THOMAS SAMSON
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The European Union and France Thursday said that their total investment in development funding aimed at preventing terrorism in African Sahel countries would rise to 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion), as the region struggles with extremism and lawlessness.France will invest 500 million euros for the "priorities" of the G5 Sahel, added French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, explaining that the country will add an extra 220 million euros to the 280 million euros already pledged.The five Sahel countries told the meeting they needed 1.9 billion euros to help them fund projects in border regions vulnerable to extremism.
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