Nouakchott — The EU and France say their total investment in development funding aimed at preventing terrorism in Sahel countries will rise to €1.3bn, as the region struggles with jihadism and lawlessness. The five Sahel states — Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger — have been struggling against extremism and lawlessness along the Sahara’s southern rim since a jihadist revolt that began with a Tuareg separatist uprising in northern Mali in 2012. The EU’s international co-operation and development commissioner, Neven Mimica, told a conference in the Mauritanian capital that the bloc’s Sahel Priority Investment Programme “now totals almost €800m”,with an extra €122m announced on Thursday. France will invest €500m for the “priorities” of the G5 Sahel, said French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, explaining that the country will add an extra €220m to the €280m already pledged.

“Half of this sum is for projects already planned or under way. The other half will be aw...

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